The son of King Augeas, husband of Ctimene. After Heracles had cleaned Augeas' stables, the king refused to honor the agreement and Heracles sought vengeance. Phyleus sides with Heracles but was expelled by his father. After Augeas' death, Heracles gave the lands to Phyleus, and in return Phyleus presented Heracles with the cattle of his father. Heracles is said to have sold the animals and used the profits to build a temple of Zeus at Olympia. Phyleus later emigrated to Dulichium.
By Ctimene or Timandra Phyleus became the father of Meges, who is hence called Phyleides.
- Eustathius on Homer, p. 305.
- Homer. Iliad ii, 629; xv, 530; xxiii, 637.
- Pausanias. Description of Greece v, 3.4.
- Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library ii, 5.5.
- Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.
- Strabo. Geography x, p. 459.
This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.