A son of Ares and Demonice or Androdice, and, according to others, a son of Agenor and a grandson of Pleuron, the king of Aetolia. He was the father of Iphicles, Evippus, Plexippus, Eurypylus, Leda, Althaea, and Hypermnestra. His wife is not the same in all traditions, some calling her Leucippe or Laophonte, a daughter of Pleuron, and others Deidamea.

His daughters Leda and Althaea are sometimes designated by the patronymic Thestias,1 and his son Iphiclus by the name Thestiades.2



  1. Euripides. Iphigeneia in Aulis, 49; Aeschylus. Libation Bearers, 606.
  2. Apollonius Rhodius. Argonautica i, 261.


  • Hyginus. Fabulae, 14.
  • Pausanias. Description of Greece iii, 13.5.
  • Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library i, 7.7, 9, 16; iii, 10.5.
  • Scholiast on Apollonius Rhodius, i, 146, 201.
  • 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.