A son of king Eioneus in Thrace, and an ally of the Trojans in their war with the Greeks. He possessed horses white as snow and swift as the wind, which were carried off by night by Odysseus and Diomedes, the latter of whom murdered Rhesus himself in his sleep.

In later writers Rhesus is described as a son of Strymon and Euterpe, or Calliope, or Terpsichore.1



  1. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library i, 3.4; Conon. Narratives, 4; Eustathius on Homer, p. 817; Euripides. Rhesus.


  • Homer. Iliad x, 435, 495 ff.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.
  • Virgil. Aeneid i, 469, with Servius' note.

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