Paphos Haus des Aion - Leda 3 Eurotas

Here is shown Eurotas, grandson of Lelex, with his daughter Sparta

In Greek mythology, Lelex was a King of Laconia and demigod.


Lelex was married to the Naiad nymph Cleochareia. He had several sons, including Myles, Polycaon, Pterelaus and Cteson.[1]

The parentage of Lelex is variously stated. He was a son of Poseidon by Libya; or his father is said to be the sun-god Helios; or he was said to be autochthonous.

Lelex is the ancestor of the Spartans.

His grandson (fathered by Myles) was Eurotas. Eurotas had a daughter named Sparta, who would later marry Lacedaemon.[2] Lacedaemon named the city of Sparta after his wife; however, the city's name would also be his own, as it was called either Lacedaemon or Sparta interchangeably.

Sources indicate that Perseus is a descendant of Lelex. Lelex's great-granddaughter Sparta gave birth to a daughter named Eurydice (no relation to Orpheus' Eurydice), who had married Acrisius, the king of Argos. Eurydice became the mother of Danaë, thus making her Perseus' grandmother.[3]

Lelex appears to have been conceived by ancient mythographers as the eponymous founder of the Lelegians, a semi-mythical people that lived on both sides of the Aegean Sea.


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

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