A son of Coeranus, a grandson of Abas and a great-grandson of Melampus. He was, like his ancestor, a celebrated soothsayer at Corinth, and is described as the father of Euchenor, Astycrateia, and Manto.1

When Alcathous had murdered his own son Callipolis at Megara, he was purified by Polyidus, who erected at Megara a sanctuary to Dionysus, and a statue of the god, which was covered all over except the face.2



  1. Pindar. Olympian Odes xiii, 104; Homer. Iliad xiii, 663 ff.; Pausanias. Description of Greece i, 43.5; Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library iii, 3.1.
  2. Pausanias, Pseudo-Apollodorus, ll.cc.; Hyginus. Fabulae, 136.


  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

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