In Greek mythology, Agapenor (Ancient Greek: Ἀγαπήνωρ, gen. Ἀγαπήνορος) was a leader of the Arcadians in the Trojan war.[1]


Agapenor was a son of Ancaeus, and grandson of Lycurgus.


As king of the Arcadians, Agapenor received sixty ships from Agamemnon, in which he led his Arcadians to Troy.[2][3] He also occurs among the suitors of Helen[4][5] and one of the men to be in the Trojan Horse.[6]

On Agapenor's return from Troy he was cast by a storm on the coast of Cyprus, where he founded the town of Paphos and in it the famous temple of Aphrodite.[7] He also occurs in the story of Alcmaeon: it was to him that Arsinoe (Alphesiboea), Alcmaeon's wife was sold away by her own brothers.[8]

Agapenor had a daughter Laodice, who was known for having sent to Tegea a robe as a gift to Athena Alea,[9] and to have built a temple of Aphrodite Paphia in Tegea.[10]


  1. ^ Schmitz, Leonhard (1867), "Agapenor", in Smith, William (ed.), Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, 1, Boston, p. 59
  2. ^ Homer, Iliad 2. 609, &c.
  3. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae 97
  4. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae 81
  5. ^ Bibliotheca 3. 10. § 8
  6. ^ Homer, The Iliad, translated by Richmond Lattimore, 1951
  7. ^ Pausanias, 8. 5. § 2, &c.
  8. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 3. 7. § 5, &c.
  9. ^ Pausanias, 8. 5. 3
  10. ^ Pausanias, 8. 53. 7


  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "Agapenor". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.