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In Greek mythology, Minyas (Greek: Μινύας) was the founder of Orchomenus, Boeotia.[1] As the ancestor of the Minyans, a number of Boeotian genealogies lead back to him, according to the classicist H.J. Rose. Accounts vary as to his own parentage: one source states that he was thought to be the son of Orchomenus and Hermippe, his real father being Poseidon;[2] in another account he is called son of Poseidon and Callirhoe;[3] yet others variously give his father as Chryses (son of Poseidon and Chrysogeneia, daughter of Almus),[4] Ares, Aleus or Eteoclus.[5]

Minyas was married to either Euryanassa, Euryale, Tritogeneia (daughter of Aeolus), Clytodora, or Phanosyra (daughter of Paeon). Of them either Euryanassa or Clytodora bore him a daughter Clymene (also called Periclymene,[6] mother of Iphiclus and Alcimede by Phylacus or Cephalus). Clytodora is also given as the mother by Minyas of Presbon and Eteoclymene, and Phanosyra of Orchomenus, Diochthondes, and Athamas.[2] Minyas' other children include Cyparissus, the founder of Anticyra,[7] and three daughters known as the Minyades.[8][9][10]

According to Apollonius of Rhodes[11] and Pausanias[12] he was the first king ever to have made a treasury, of which the ruins were still extant in Pausanias' times.

See also

References

  1. Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica, 3. 1093 ff
  2. 2.0 2.1 Scholia on Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica, 1. 230
  3. Tzetzes on Lycophron, 875
  4. Pausanias, Description of Greece 9. 36. 4; in scholia on Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica, 3. 1094, Minyas himself is the son of Poseidon and "Chrysogone", daughter of Almus.
  5. Scholia on Pindar, Isthmian Ode 1. 79
  6. Gaius Julius Hyginus Fabulae 14
  7. Scholia on Homer, Iliad, 2. 159; on Odyssey, 11. 362
  8. Ovid, Metamorphoses, 4. 1 - 168
  9. Antoninus Liberalis, Metamorphoses, 10
  10. Plutarch, Quaestiones Graecae, 38
  11. Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica, 1.229
  12. Pausanias, Description of Greece, 9.38.2

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