A son of Cynortes, and husband of Gorgophone, by whom he became the father of Tyndareus, Pirene, and Arene, was king of Sparta, where he was afterwards honored with an heroum.1 According to others he was a son of Perieres and a grandson of Cynortes, and was married to the nymph Batea, by whom he had several children.2

The patronymic Oebalides is not only applied to his descendants, but to the Spartans generally, and hence it occurs as an epithet or surname of Hyacinthus, Castor, Pollux and Helen.3



  1. Pausanias. Description of Greece iii, 1.3, 15.7; ii, 2.3; iv, 2.3.
  2. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library iii, 10.4; Scholiast on Euripides' Orestes, 447.
  3. Ovid. Ibis, 590; Fasti v, 705; Heroides xvi, 126.


  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.