"Very famous." One of the Argonauts, was a son of Neleus and Chloris, and a brother of Nestor.1 Poseidon gave him the power of changing himself into different forms, and conferred upon him great strength, but he was nevertheless slain by Heracles at the taking of Pylos.

According to Hyginus2 Periclymenus escaped Heracles in the shape of an eagle.



  1. Homer. Odyssey xii, 285; Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library i, 9.15; Orphic. Argonautica, 155.
  2. Fabulae, 10.


  • Apollonius Rhodius. Argonautica i, 156, with the Scholiast.
  • Eustathius on Homer, p. 1685.
  • Ovid. Metamorphoses xiii, 556 ff.
  • Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library i, 9.9; ii, 7.3.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

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