A son of Hephaestus and Anticleia, and lame like his father. He was a robber from the region of Epidaurus. His weapon of choice was a stout length of wood wrapped in bronze with which he clubbed his victims to death. When he waylaid the passing Theseus, the hero snatched the weapon from Periphetes' hands and killed him with it.

Periphetes was surnamed Corynetes, "Club-bearer."



  • Ovid. Metamorphoses vii, 437.
  • Pausanias. Description of Greece ii, 1.4.
  • Plutarch. Theseus, 38.
  • Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library iii, 16.1.