In Greek mythology, Cretheus or Krētheus (Ancient Greek: Κρηθεύς) was the king and founder of Iolcus, the son of Aeolus (son of Hellen) and Enarete.[1] His wives were Tyro and either Demodice or Biadice.[2] With Tyro, he fathered Aeson, Pheres, and Amythaon.[3][4][5] He also had several daughters, namely Hippolyte, future wife of Acastus[6] (otherwise known as Astydameia[7]); Myrina, who married Thoas;[8] and an unnamed daughter, who became the mother of Asterius by Teutamus.[9]

See also


  1. Hesiod, Catalogue of Women fr. 10(a); Bibliotheca 1. 7. 3
  2. Gaius Julius Hyginus, Astronomica, 2. 20; she unsuccessfully tried to seduce Phrixus and falsely accused him of an attempt to rape her, cf. the stories of Phaedra and Hippolytus, Stheneboea and Bellerophon, Astydameia and Peleus, Phthia/Clytia and Phoenix, Philonome and Tenes, Ochne and Eunostus
  3. Homer, Odyssey, 11. 259
  4. Bibliotheca 1. 9. 11
  5. Tzetzes on Lycophron, 175
  6. Pindar, Nemean Ode, 4. 57
  7. Bibliotheca 3. 13. 2
  8. Scholia on Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica, 1. 601
  9. Diodorus Siculus, Library of History, 4. 60. 2
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