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Mythology (11)

Historic figures

Nymph Paria

Mother of Chryses, Eurymedon, Nephalion and Philolaus.


Cabarnus (Kabarnos), a mythical personage of the island of Paros, who revealed to Demeter the fact of her daughter having been carried off, and from whom the island of Paros was said to have been called Cabarnis. (Steph. Byz. s. v. Paros.) From Hesychius (s. v. Kabarnoi) it would seem that, in Paros, Cabarnus was the name for any priest of Demeter.


Cretans inhabited Paros

Paros was inhabited by the sons of Minos, to wit, Eurymedon, Chryses, Nephalion, and Philolaus.

Chryses, Eurymedon, Nephalion, Philolaus

Sons of Minos


Chryses, a son of Minos and the nymph Pareia. He lived with his three brothers in the island of Paros, and having murdered two of the companions of Heracles, they were all put to death by the latter. (Apollod. ii. 5.9, iii. 1.2)

Gods & heroes related to the location


The ninth labour he enjoined on Hercules was to bring the belt of Hippolyte. She was queen of the Amazons, who dwelt about the river Thermodon, a people great in war; for they cultivated the manly virtues, and if ever they gave birth to children through intercourse with the other sex, they reared the females; and they pinched off the right breasts that they might not be trammelled by them in throwing the javelin, but they kept the left breasts, that they might suckle. Now Hippolyte had the belt of Ares in token of her superiority to all the rest. Hercules was sent to fetch this belt because Admete, daughter of Eurystheus, desired to get it. So taking with him a band of volunteer comrades in a single ship he set sail and put in to the island of Paros, which was inhabited by the sons of Minos, to wit, Eurymedon, Chryses, Nephalion, and Philolaus. But it chanced that two of those in the ship landed and were killed by the sons of Minos. Indignant at this, Hercules killed the sons of Minos on the spot and besieged the rest closely, till they sent envoys to request that in the room of the murdered men he would take two, whom he pleased. So he raised the siege, and taking on board the sons of Androgeus, son of Minos, to wit, Alcaeus and Sthenelus, he came to Mysia. .

This extract is from: Apollodorus, Library and Epitome (ed. Sir James George Frazer, 1921). Cited Mar 2003 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains comments & interesting hyperlinks.

Alcaeus & Sthenelus

Sons of Androgeus, taken as hostage by Herakles from Paros. They accompanied Heracles from Paros on his expedition against the Amazons, and were appointed by Heracles rulers of Thasos.

Alcaeus. According to Diodorus (v. 79) a general of Rhadamanthys, who presented him with the island of Paros. Apollodorus (ii. 5.9) relates that he was a son of Androgeus (the son of Minos) and brother of Sthenelus, and that when Heracles, on his expedition to fetch the girdle of Ares, which was in the possession of the queen of the Amazons, arrived at Paros, some of his companions were slain by the sons of Minos, residing there. Heracles, in his anger, slew the descendants of Minos, except Alcaeus and Sthenelus, whom he took with him, and to whom he afterwards assigned the Uisland of Thasus as their habitation.


According to Diod. 5.79.2, Rhadamanthys of Crete bestowed the island of Paros on his son Alcaeus. The tradition points to a Cretan colony in Paros.



Cleoboea, they say that she was the first to bring the orgies of Demeter to Thasos from Paros. (Paus. 10.28.3)

Mythical monsters

Graeae (old women)

  The three daughters of Phorcus and Ceta, sisters of the Gorgons and other monsters. They were believed to be the personifications of the white foam on the sea.
  The Graeae were born as old women, and during their existence they kept growing older. They only had one eye and one tooth that they shared between them.
  Perseus took their eye, which they used for guarding the Gorgons, in order to find out where the nymphs that would help him were. He had promised the old women to give them their eye back if they gave him the information they needed, but did not keep his promise and threw the eye into lake Triton.
  Io also met them while she was trying to escape the wrath of Hera.

This text is cited Sept 2003 from the In2Greece URL below.

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