Teumessian Fox

A gigantic fox from Teumesses, reared by a wrathful Dionysus to destroy the Thebans, and which preyed on the children of the country. Amphitryon was sent to catch the animal, but this proved impossible since the fox was destined never to be caught. He then set Laelaps, a famous dog that always overtook every animal it pursued, to the hunt. The contradiction in the fates of the animals led Zeus to turn them both into stone.



  • Ovid. Metamorphoses vii, 759-795.
  • Pausanias. Description of Greece ix, 19.1.