In Greek mythology, Polypoetes (pronounced: /ˌpɒlɨˈpiːtiːz/; Ancient Greek: Πολυποίτης, Polupoitēs) was a name attributed to the following individuals:

  • Polypoetes was a son of Hippodamia and Pirithous. A native of Gyrtone (Γυρτώνη), he led the armies of Thessaly on the side of the Greeks during the Trojan War.[1] He was among those who vied for Helen's hand in marriage, and later occupied the Trojan horse. Following the death of Patroclus, he won an early version of quoits, winning a 5-year supply of iron.[2] Polypoites killed one person while at Troy.[3] After the war, he was present at the funerals of Kalchas and Patroclus. His close companion was Leonteus.
  • Polypoetes was the son of Apollo and Phthia, brother of Dorus and Laodocus. He was killed by Aetolus.[4]
  • Polypoetes was one of the suitors of Penelope.[5]
  • Polypoetes was the son of Odysseus and Callidice; after his mother's death he became king of the Thesprotians.[6]


  1. Homer, Iliad, 2. 740
  2. Homer, Iliad, 23. 836
  3. Hyginus, Fabulae 114
  4. Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 1. 7. 6
  5. Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca, Epitome of Book IV, 7. 26
  6. Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca, Epitome of Book IV, 7. 35
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