A son of Poseidon and a nymph. He is said to have traversed the sea from the promontory of Taenarum to the south of Italy, riding on a dolphin, and to have founded Tarentum in Italy.1 There he was worshiped as a hero.2

According to Virgil, however, the city was founded by Heracles.3



  1. Pausanias. Description of Greece x, 10.4, 13.5.
  2. Strabo. Geography vi, 279.
  3. Virgil. Aeneid iii, 551.


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