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

  • Eleuther, son of Apollo and Aethusa.[1] He is renowned for having an excellent singing voice, which earned him a victory at the Pythian games,[2] and for having been the first to erect a statue of Dionysus,[3] as well as for having given his name to Eleutherae.[4] His sons were Iasius[5] and Pierus[citation needed]. He also had several daughters, who spoke impiously of the image of Dionysus wearing a black aegis, and were driven mad by the god; as a remedy, Eleuther, in accordance with an oracle, established a cult of "Dionysus of the Black Aegis".[6]
  • Eleuther, a variant of the name Eleutherios, early Greek god who was the son of Zeus and probably an alternate name of Dionysus.[7]
  • Eleuther, one of the twenty sons of Lycaon. He and his brother Lebadus were the only not guilty of the abomination prepared for Zeus, and fled to Boeotia.[8]
  • Eleuther, one of the Curetes, was said to have been the eponym of the towns Eleutherae and Eleuthernae in Crete.[9]


  1. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 3. 10. 1
  2. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 10. 7. 3
  3. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae, 225
  4. ^ Stephanus of Byzantium s. v. Eleutherai
  5. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 9. 20. 1
  6. ^ Suda s. v. melanaigida Dionyson
  7. ^ Kerényi, Karl. 1976. Dionysus. Trans. Ralph Manheim, Princeton University Press. ISBN 0691029156, 9780691029153
  8. ^ Plutarch, Quaestiones Graecae, 39
  9. ^ Stephanus of Byzantium, s. v. Eleutherai, Eleuthernai