Ardalus (Ancient Greek: Ἄρδαλος) was in Greek mythology a son of the god Hephaestus who was said to have invented the flute, and to have built a sanctuary of the Muses at Troezen, who derived from him the surname Ardalides or Ardaliotides.

This story is recorded in the works of Pausanias,[1] and in some obscure fragments of Hesychius of Alexandria.[2][3]


  1. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece 2.31.3
  2. ^ Hesychius of Alexandria, Alphabetical Collection of All Words s.v. Ἀρδαλίδες
  3. ^ Hollis, Adrian S. (1998). "Some Neglected Verse Citations in Hesychius". Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik. Verlag Rudolf Habelt. 123: 67. ISSN 0084-5388. JSTOR 20190292.

  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSchmitz, Leonhard (1870). "Ardalus". In Smith, William (ed.). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 1. p. 274.