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The name Ctesippus may also refer to a character in Plato's Euthydemus and Lysis, and to a historical figure, see Leptines and Against Leptines.

In Greek mythology, the name Ctesippus[pronunciation?] (Ancient Greek: Κτήσιππος) may refer to:

  • Ctessipus, son of Heracles by Deianira.[1] He was the father of Thrasyanor, grandfather of Antimachus and great-grandfather of Deiphontes.[2] Thersander, son of Agamedidas, is also given as his great-grandson.[3]
  • Ctesippus, another son of Heracles by Astydameia the daughter of Amyntor or Ormenius.[1][4]
  • Ctessipus, two of the suitors of Penelope, one from Same, and the other from Ithaca.[5] The rich and "lawless" Ctesippus of Same, son of Polytherses, who has 'fabulous wealth' appears in the Odyssey; he mocks the disguised Odysseus and hurls a bull's hoof at him as a 'gift', mocking xenia, though Odysseus dodges this. Telemachus says if he had hit the guest, he would have run Ctesippus through with his spear.[6] Later, in the battle between Odysseus and the suitors, Ctesippus attempts to kill Eumaeus with a spear, but misses due to Athena's intervention, though scratches Eumaeus's shoulder, and is thereupon himself killed by Philoetius, who thus avenges the disrespect towards his master.[7]


  1. ^ a b Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 2.7.8
  2. ^ Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio 2.19.1
  3. ^ Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio 3.16.6
  4. ^ Diodorus Siculus, Bibliotheca historica 4.37.4
  5. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca Epitome of Book 4.7.26 & 30
  6. ^ Homer, Odyssey 20.288–300
  7. ^ Homer, Odyssey 22.279–290