A son of Pelops and Dia, was king of Troezene, father of Aethra, and grandfather and instructor of Theseus. When Theseus married Phaedra, Pittheus took his son Hippolytus into his house.1

His tomb and the chair on which he had sat in judgment were shown at Troezene down to a late time.2 He is said to have taught the art of speaking, and even to have written a book upon it.3

Aethra as his daughter is called Pittheis (Πιτθηΐς).4



  1. Pausanias. Description of Greece i, 22.2.
  2. ibid. ii, 31.3.
  3. ibid. ii, 31.4.
  4. Ovid. Heroides x, 31.


  • Pausanias. Description of Greece ii, 30.8; i, 27.8.
  • Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library iii, 15.7.
  • Scholiast on Pindar's Olympian Odes i, 144; on Euripides' Hippolytus, 11, and Medea, 683.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.
  • Strabo. Geography viii, p. 374.

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