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Homeric world (22)

Greeks of the Homeric Catalogue of Ships

Trojan War

Orchomenus participated in the Trojan War with 30 ships under the leadership of Ascalaphus and Ialmenus, children of Ares (Il. 2.511-516, also see Od. 11.284).

Orchomenus of the Minyae

This is how Homer refers to Orchomenos (Od. 11.284, Il. 2.511).

Nations & tribes

Minyae, Minyans, Minyai

Their cities Aspledon & Orchomenus, receive tribute from Thebes, are forced by Herakles to pay tribute to Thebes.

Minyae (Minuai). An ancient Greek race, originally dwelling in Thessaly. Their ancient hero, Minyas, is said to have migrated from Thessaly into the north of Boeotia, and there to have established the empire of the Minyae, with the capital of Orchomenus. As the greater part of the Argonauts were descended from the Minyae, they are themselves called Minyae. The Minyae founded a colony in Lemnos, called Minyae, whence they proceeded to Elis Triphylia, and to the island of Thera.

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

Minyae (Minuai), an ancient race in Greece, said to have been descended from Minyas, the son of Orchomenus, who originally dwelt in Thessaly, and afterwards migrated into Boeotia, and founded Orchomenus. Most of the Argonautic heroes were Minyae; and some of them having settled in the island of Lemnos, continued to be called Minyae. These Lemnian Minyae were driven out of the island by the Tyrrhenian Pelasgians, and took refuge in Lacedaemon, from whence some of them migrated to Thera, and others to Triphylia in Elis, where they founded the six Triphylian cities. (Herod. iv. 145-148.)

This text is from: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD). Cited August 2004 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks


The Phlegyes were a warlike people who lived in Gytrone at Thessaly but afterwards they settled in Boeotia (Il. 13.302).



Father of Actor, grandfather of Astyoche (Il. 2.512)

Azeus, a son of Clymenus of Orchomenos, was a brother of Erginus, Stratius, Arrhon, and Pyleus, father of Actor and grandfather of Astyoche. (Hom. Il. ii. 513; Paus. ix. 37.2.) He went with his brothers, under the command of Erginus, the eldest, against Thebes, to take vengeance for the murder of his father, who had been slain by the Thebans at a festival of the Onchestian Poseidon.

Actor, Aktor

Actor, king of Orchomenus, entertained Ares, who coupled with his daughter Astyoche and had twin sons by her, Ascalaphus and Ialmenus (Il. 2.513).


King of Orchomenus and father of Amphion (Od. 11.283).


He was the son of Iasius and king of Orchomenus. Neleus married his daughter Chloris and Nestor of Pylos was their son (Od. 11.281).

Amphion. A son of Jasus and husband of Persephone, by whom he became the father of Chloris. (Hom. Od. xi. 281, &c.) In Homer, this Amphion, king of Orchomenos, is distinct from Amphion, the husband of Niobe; but in earlier traditions they seem to have been regarded as the same person. (Eustath. ad Hom.)


Father of Erginus and Eurydice (Od. 3.452).

Greek leaders in the Trojan War


The son of Ares and Astyoche and brother of Ascalaphus. He was one of the Argonauts and a suitor of Helen. After the destruction of Troy he wandered about with his followers, the Orchomenians, and founded colonies in Colchis.

Ialmenus (Ialmenos), a son of Ares and Astyoche, and brother of Ascalaphus of the Boeotian Orchomenos (Hom. Il. ii. 512, &c.). Others call him an Argive and a son of Lycus and Pernis (Hygin. Fab. 97, 159), and mention him among the Argonauts (Apollod. i. 9.16) and the suitors of Helena (Apollod. iii. 10.8; Paus. ix. 37, in fin.). After the destruction of Troy, he is said to have wandered about with the Orchomenians on the Pontus, and to have founded colonies on the coast of Colchis. (Strab. ix.; Eustath. ad Hom.)


The son of Ares and Astyoche, who led, with his brother Ialmenus, the Minyans of Orchomenus against Troy, and was slain by Deiphobus. (Il 2.511, 9.83, 15.112)

Askalaphus (Askalophos), a son of Ares and Astyoche, and brother of Ialmenus, together with whom he led the Minyans of Orchomenos against Troy, in thirty ships (Hom. H. ii. 511, &c.). In the war against Troy, he was slain by the hand of Deiphobus, at which Ares was filled with anger and indignation (H. xiii. 519, &c., xv. 110, &c.; comp. Paus. ix. 37.3). According to Apollodorus (i. 9.16, iii. 10.8) Ascalaphus was one of the Argonauts, and also one of the suitors of Helen. Hyginus in one passage (Fab. 97) calls Ascalaphus and lalmenus sons of Lycus of Argos, while in another (Fab. 159) he agrees with the common account. One tradition described Ascalaphus as having gone from Troy to Samareia, and as having been buried there by Ares. The name of Samareia itself was derived from this occurrence, that is, from sama or sema and Ares (Eustath. ad Hom.).

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



She was the daughter of Actor and mother of the twin brothers Ascalaphus and Ialmenus by Ares (Il. 2.513).

Ancient myths

Treasure of Minyas

Homer mentions that Orchomenos and the Egyptian Thebes had much wealth (Il. 9.380).
Also, according to Pausanias, Minyas built a treasury to receive his riches (Paus. 9,36,4 & 9,38,2).

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