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Amphictyon (pronounced: /æmˈfɪkti.ɒn/; Ancient Greek: Ἀμφικτυών), in Greek mythology, was the second son of Deucalion and Pyrrha, although there was also a tradition that he was autochthonous (born from the earth);[1] he is also said to be a son of Hellen son of Deucalion and Pyrrha.[2] Amphictyon was king of Thermopylae and married a daughter of Cranaus of Athens.[3] According to some accounts this daughter was named Atthis, although this conflicts with other accounts which relate that she died young as an unmarried virgin.[4] Amphictyon eventually deposed Cranaus, proclaiming himself king of Athens.[1][3]

Amphictyon had a son, Itonus, who in his turn became the father of Boeotus, Iodame and Chromia by Melanippe.[5][6][7] He also had a daughter, never mentioned by name, who became the mother of Cercyon by Poseidon, and of Triptolemus by Rarus.[8] Some add that Amphictyon had another son, Physcus, by Chthonopatra;[9] others, however, state that Physcus was the grandson of Amphictyon through Aetolus.[10]

Amphictyon ruled Athens for ten, or in some accounts, twelve years and founded the Amphictyonic League, which traditionally met at Thermopylae in historical times.[11][12] During his reign, Dionysus was supposed to have visited Amphictyon in Athens and taught him how to mix water with wine in the proper proportions.[13] Amphictyon was deposed by Erichthonius, another autochthonous king of Athens.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 3. 14. 6
  2. Smith, citing Dionysius of Halicarnassus
  3. 3.0 3.1 Pausanias, Description of Greece, 1. 2. 6
  4. Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 3. 14. 5
  5. Pausanias, Description of Greece, 9. 1.1.&9. 34. 1
  6. Tzetzes on Lycophron, 1206
  7. Pausanias, Description of Greece, 5. 1. 4
  8. Pausanias, Description of Greece, 1. 14. 3
  9. Eustathius on Homer, p. 277
  10. Stephanus of Byzantium, s. v. Physkos
  11. Pausanias, Description of Greece, 10. 8. 1
  12. Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Antiquities, 4. 25. 3
  13. Eustathius on Homer, p. 1815


  • Smith, William; Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, London (1873). "Amphictyon"
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