In Greek mythology, Amykos (Ancient Greek: Ἄμυκος), Latinized as Amycus, was the king of the Bebryces, a mythical people in Bithynia.

Amycus punished, red-figured Lucanian hydria, end of 4th century BC, Cabinet des Médailles


Amycus was the son of Poseidon and the Bithynian nymph Melia.[1]


Amycus was a doughty man but being a king he compelled strangers to box as a way of killing them.[2] When the Argonauts passed through Bithynia, Amycus challenged the best man of the crew to a boxing match. Polydeuces undertook to box against him and killed him with a blow on the elbow.[3]

When the Bebryces rush to avenge him, the chiefs snatched up their arms and put them to flight with great slaughter.


During ancient time the bay at modern Beykoz was called Amykos.[4]


  1. ^ Apollonius Rhodius, 2.1 ff. & 2.94 ff. with scholia
  2. ^ Argonautica. Apollonius Rhodius. Loeb Classical Library
  3. ^ Apollodorus, 1.9.20; Hyginus, Fabulae 17; Orphic Argonautica 657 ff.
  4. ^ Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia 5.43.2; Dionysius of Byzantium, Anaplous of the Bosporos 97


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  • Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica translated by Robert Cooper Seaton (1853-1915), R. C. Loeb Classical Library Volume 001. London, William Heinemann Ltd, 1912. Online version at the Topos Text Project.
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  • The Orphic Argonautica, translated by Jason Colavito. © Copyright 2011. Online version at the Topos Text Project.