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Aloeus (Ancient Greek: Ἀλωεύς) can indicate one of two characters in Greek mythology:

  • Aloeus, the son of Poseidon and Canace, husband first of Iphimedeia and later of Eriboea (Ἐρίβοια), and father of Salmoneus (who founded Elis), and the eponym of Otus and Ephialtes, collectively known as the Aloadae.[1] These giants made war on the gods and captured the god Ares in a bag. Aloeus's wife Eeriboea reported this to the gods, for which Aloeus had her flayed alive.[2][3][4] In Virgil's Aeneid, the twins of Aloeus are found in Dis, the Roman name for Hades, and there Aeneas sees them being punished by Rhadamanthus.[5] This scene from Virgil was a precursor to Dante's depiction of Hell.
  • Aloeus, a son of Helios, who received from his father the sovereignty over the district of Asopia (Sicyon). He was the father of Epopeus, his successor.[1][6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Schmitz, Leonhard (1867). "Aloeus (1) and (2)". in William Smith. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 1. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. pp. 133.;cc=moa;idno=acl3129.0001.001;q1=demosthenes;size=l;frm=frameset;seq=148;page=root;view=image. 
  2. Scholiast on Homer's Iliad 12.543
  3. Homer, Odyssey xi. 305
  4. Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca i. 7. § 4.
  5. Virgil, Aeneid book 6
  6. Pausanias, Description of Greece ii. 1. § 6, 3. §8.

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology by William Smith (1870).

This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original article was at Aloeus. The list of authors can be seen in the page history.

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