A son of Heracles by Astyoche, the daughter of Phylas,1 or by Astydameia, the daughter of Amyntor, king of the Dolopians in Thessaly.2 Tlepolemus was king of Argos, but after slaying his uncle Licymnius, he was obliged to take to flight, and in conformity with the command of an oracle, settled in Rhodes, where he built the towns of Lindos, Ialysos and Cameiros, and from whence he joined the Greeks in the Trojan war with nine ships.3

At Troy he was slain by Sarpedon.4 His wife Philozoë instituted funeral games in commemoration of his death.5



  1. Homer. Iliad ii, 658; Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library ii, 7.6, 8; Philostratus. Heroicus ii, 14.
  2. Pindar. Olympian Odes vii, 41.
  3. Homer. Iliad ii, 653 ff.; Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library ii, 8.2.
  4. Iliad v, 627 ff.; Diodorus Siculus. Historical Library iv, 58; v, 59.
  5. Tzetzes on Lycophron, 911.


  • 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.