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Astyocheia, mother of Tlepolemus, came from Ephyre (Il. 2.659) where Odysseus went in search of a poison for his arrows (Od. 1.259).

Greek leaders in the Trojan War


He was the son of Agasthenes, grandson of Augeias and the fourth leader of the Elean ships sent against Troy (Il. 2.623). He was the father of Amphimachus II, whom Polexenus, after his return from Troy, named after Amphimachus I, son of Cteatus, who was killed in Troy (Paus. 5,3,4).


Augeias (Augeas)

He was the father of Agasthenes, Phyleus and Agamede (Il. 11.701), and son of Eleius or Helius. He was known for his stables, which Heracles cleansed (Paus. 5,1,9). He also held the Olympian games (Paus. 5,8,3).

Augeas or Augeias. Son of Helios, or, according to another account, of Phorbas, and Hermione. He was king of the Epeians in Elis, and one of the Argonauts. Besides his other possessions, for which Agamemnon and Trophonius built him a treasure-house, he was owner of an enormous flock of sheep and oxen, among which were twelve white bulls consecrated to the Sun. When Heracles, at the command of Eurystheus, came to cleanse his farm-yard, Augeas promised him the tenth part of his flock. But, the task completed, he refused the reward, on the ground that the work had been done in the service of Eurystheus. Heracles replied by sending an army against him,which was defeated in the passes of Elis by Eurytus and Cteatus, sons of Molione; but Heracles appeared on the scene, and slew the Molionidae, and with them their uncle Augeas and his sons.

This text is from: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities. Cited Nov 2002 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks

Augeas or Augeias, a son of Phorbas and Hermione, and king of the Epeians in Elis. According to some accounts he was a son of Eleios or Helios or Poseidon (Paus. v. 1.7; Apollod. ii. 5.5; Schol. ad Apollon. i. 172). His mother, too, is not the same in all traditions, for some call her Iphinoe or Naupidame (Tzetz. ad Lycoph. 41; Hygin. Fab. 14). He is mentioned among the Argonauts, but he is more celebrated in ancient story on account of his connexion with Heracles, one of whose labours, imposed upon him by Eurystheus, was to clear in one day the stables of Augeas, who kept in them a large number of oxen. Heracles was to have the tenth part of the oxen as his reward, but when the hero had accomplished his task by leading the rivers Alpheus and Peneus through the stables, Augeas refused to keep his promise. Heracles, therefore, made war upon him, which terminated in his death and that of his sons, with the exception of one, Phyleus, whom Heracles placed on the throne of his father (Apolod. l. c.; ii. 7.2; Diod. iv. 13, 33; Theocrit. Idyll. 25). Another tradition preserved in Pausanias (v. 3.4, 4.1) represents Augeas as dying a natural death at an advanced age, and as receiving heroic honours from Oxyl.

This text is from: A dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, 1873 (ed. William Smith). Cited Oct 2005 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks


Agasthenes, son of Augeas and father of Polyxenus (Il. 2.624), became king of Elis after the death of his father and reigned along with Amphimachus and Thalpius, grandsons of Actor, and perhaps with Amarynceus (Paus. 5,3,3-4).


He was the king of Ephyra, which was located near the Seleis river
"This Phyleus had brought from out of Ephyre, from the river Seleis. For a guest-friend of his, the king of men Euphetes, had given it him that he might wear it in war, a defence against foe-men; and this now warded death from the body of his son." (Il. 15.532).


Mulius & Agamede

Mulius was married to the daughter of Augeias, Agamede, who knew all the medicinal herbs (Il. 11,737).
Agamede was the mother of Velus, Actor and Dictyus by Poseidon.

Agamede. A daughter of Augeias and wife of Mulius, who, according to Homer (Il. xi. 739), was acquainted with the healing powers of all the plants that grow upon the earth. Hyginus (Fab. 157) makes her the mother of Belus, Actor, and Dictys, by Poseidon.


Admetus, son of Augeias (Paus. 10.25.5)


Ilus, a son of Mermerus, and grandson of Jason and Medeia. He lived at Ephyra, between Elis and Olympia; and when Odysseus came to him to fetch the poison for his arrows, Ilus refused it, from fear of the vengeance of the Gods. (Hom. Od. i. 259, ii. 328; Eustath. ad Hom.; Strab. viii.)



She was the daughter of Phylas and mother of Tlepolemus, who led the Rhodians against Troy (Il. 2.658).

Place-names according to Homer

Selleis river

A river in Elis (Il. 2.659, 15.531).

Selleis (Selleeis). A river in Elis, on which the Homeric Ephyra stood, rising in Mount Pholoe, and falling into the sea south of the Peneus.

It is between Chelonatas and Cyllene that the River Peneius empties; as also the River Selleeis, which is mentioned by the poet (Homer) and flows out of Pholoe. On the Selleeis is situated a city Ephyra

Selleis. A river in Elis, on which the Homeric Ephyra stood, rising in Mount Pholoe, and falling into the sea south of the Peneus.

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