A son of Elatus and Laodice, a grandson of Arcas, and father of Agamedes, Agelaus, Gortys, and Parthenope.1 He is the eponymous hero of the town of Stymphalus in the Peloponnese (see eponymoi). Stymphalus and his sons successfully defended Arcadia against Pelops but during a truce, Pelops treacherously murdered him by stratagem, and cut his body in pieces. For this crime Greece was visited with a famine, which however was averted by the prayer of Aeacus.2

Stymphalus is also the father of the Stymphalides, which Heracles drove away as the sixth of his Twelve Labors.



  1. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library ii, 7.8, iii, 9.1; Pausanias. Description of Greece viii, 4.3, 22.1.
  2. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library iii, 12.6.


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

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