In Greek mythology, Thestius (Ancient Greek: Θέστιος) was the son of either Ares and Demonice,[1] or Agenor (son of Pleuron son of Aetolus) and Epicasta.[2] He was the father of Iphicles with Leucippe,[3] or Deidameia, daughter of Perieres,[4] or else with Eurythemis, daughter of Cleoboea and mother of his other children, Althaea, Eurypylus, Evippus, Hypermnestra, Leda, Toxeus and Plexippus.[5] In one source though, the mother of Althaea and Leda is Laophonte, daughter of Pleuron.[6]

Thestius was allied with Tyndareus and Icarius against Hippocoon.[7]

He is not to be confused with Thespius, who was sometimes referred to as "Thestius".[8]

The patronymic "Thestias" may refer to one of his daughters, Leda or Althaea,[9][10] and "Thestiades" to his son Iphicles.[11]


  1. Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 1. 7. 7
  2. Pausanias, Description of Greece, 3. 13. 8
  3. Gaius Julius Hyginus, Fabulae, 14
  4. Scholia on Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica, 201
  5. Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 1. 7. 10
  6. Scholia on Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica, 146
  7. Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 3. 10. 5
  8. Pausanias, Description of Greece, 9. 27. 7
  9. Aeschylus, Libation-Bearers, 606
  10. Euripides, Iphigenia in Aulis, 49
  11. Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica, 1. 261

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