Ascalaphus of Orchomenus


In Greek mythology, Ascalaphus or Askalaphus (/əˈskæləfəs/; Ancient Greek: Ἀσκάλαφος Askalaphos), was son of Ares[1] and the Minyan princess Astyoche,[2] daughter of King Actor of Orchomenus. Ascalaphus (sometimes Askalaphus) was also a king of the Minyans, and twin brother of Ialmenos. These brothers were counted among the Argonauts[3] and the suitors of Helen,[4] and led the Orchomenian contingent in the Trojan War,[5] where Deiphobos threw a spear and killed him.[6]


  1. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae 159.
  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 537-538. ISBN 978-0-674-96785-4.
  3. ^ Apollodorus, 1.9.16.
  4. ^ Apollodorus, 3.10.8; Hyginus, Fabulae 81.
  5. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae 97.
  6. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae 113.


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