A king of Lesbos who compelled his guests to a wrestling match and invariably killed the ones who lost. When the Greek fleet, on its way to Troy, stopped at Lesbos, Philomelides was conquered by Odysseus, or by Odysseus and Diomedes.

Some commentators take this name to be a metronymic derived from Philomela.



  • Homer. Odyssey iv, 343; xvii, 134.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.