In Greek mythology, Amythaon (/ˌæməˈθɒn/; Ancient Greek: Ἀμυθάων, gen.: Ἀμυθάονος) was a son of Cretheus and Tyro and brother of Aeson and Pheres.[1] He dwelt at Pylos in Messenia, and by Idomene, his niece, or by Aglaia became the father of Bias, Melampus, and Aeolia.[2][3] His wife Idomene is sometimes said to be daughter of Abas, king of Argos. According to Pindar, he and several other members of his family went to Iolcus to intercede with Pelias on behalf of Jason.[4] Pausanias mentions him among those to whom the restoration of the Olympic Games was ascribed.[5] A part of Elis was thought to have been named Amythaonia after him.[6]


  1. ^ Homer, Odyssey, 11. 255-260
  2. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 1. 9. 11
  3. ^ Diodorus Siculus, Library of History, 4. 68. 3.
  4. ^ Pindar, Pythian Ode 4. 220
  5. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 5. 8. 2
  6. ^ Stephanus of Byzantium s. v. Amythaonia, citing Rhianus


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