Arcesilaus (mythology)


Arcesilaus (Ancient Greek: Ἀρκεσίλαος) in Greek mythology, was a son of Lycus (or Areilycus) and Theobule, brother of Prothoenor, and was the leader of the Boeotians in the Trojan War. He led his people to Troy in ten ships, and was slain by Hector.[1]

In one source though, this Arcesilaus is called a son of Alector and Cleobule, and thus half-brother to Leitus and Clonius.[2] He was killed by Hector.[3] Leitus brought his remains back to Boeotia and buried them near Lebadea, on the banks of River Hercyna.[4]


  1. ^ Homer, Iliad 2.495; Diodorus Siculus, Bibliotheca historica 4.67.7; Hyginus, Fabulae 97
  2. ^ Tzetzes, John (2015). Allegories of the Iliad. Translated by Goldwyn, Adam; Kokkini, Dimitra. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, London, England: Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library. pp. 41, Prologue 534. ISBN 978-0-674-96785-4.
  3. ^ Homer, Iliad 15.329
  4. ^ Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio 9.39.3


  • Diodorus Siculus, The Library of History translated by Charles Henry Oldfather. Twelve volumes. Loeb Classical Library. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press; London: William Heinemann, Ltd. 1989. Vol. 3. Books 4.59–8. Online version at Bill Thayer's Web Site
  • Diodorus Siculus, Bibliotheca Historica. Vol 1-2. Immanel Bekker. Ludwig Dindorf. Friedrich Vogel. in aedibus B. G. Teubneri. Leipzig. 1888-1890. Greek text available at the Perseus Digital Library.
  • Homer, The Iliad with an English Translation by A.T. Murray, Ph.D. in two volumes. Cambridge, MA., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1924. ISBN 978-0674995796. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library.
  • Homer, Homeri Opera in five volumes. Oxford, Oxford University Press. 1920. ISBN 978-0198145318. Greek text available at the Perseus Digital Library.
  • Gaius Julius Hyginus, Fabulae from The Myths of Hyginus translated and edited by Mary Grant. University of Kansas Publications in Humanistic Studies. Online version at the Topos Text Project.
  • Pausanias, Description of Greece with an English Translation by W.H.S. Jones, Litt.D., and H.A. Ormerod, M.A., in 4 Volumes. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1918. ISBN 0-674-99328-4. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library
  • Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio. 3 vols. Leipzig, Teubner. 1903. Greek text available at the Perseus Digital Library.
  • Tzetzes, John, Allegories of the Iliad translated by Goldwyn, Adam J. and Kokkini, Dimitra. Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, Harvard University Press, 2015. ISBN 978-0-674-96785-4

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William (1870). "Arcesilaus". In Smith, William (ed.). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 1. p. 253.