A son of Laomedon, and brother of Priam,1 or according to others,2 a brother of Laomedon. Others, again, call him a son of Cephalus and Eos.3 By the prayers of Eos who loved him he obtained from the immortal gods immortality, but not eternal youth, in consequence of which he completely shrunk together in his old age, whence an old decrepit man was proverbially called Tithonus.



  1. Homer. Iliad xx, 237.
  2. Servius on Virgil's Georgics i, 447; iii, 48.
  3. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library iii, 14.3.


  • Hesiod. Theogony, 984.
  • Homer. Hymn to Aphrodite, 219.
  • Horace. Odes, i, 28. 8.
  • Ovid. Fasti i, 461.
  • Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library iii, 12.4.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.
  • Tzetzes on Lycophron, 18.

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