DEXAMENUS

ΔΕΞΑΜΕΝΟΣ

A centaur who lived in Bura in Achaea, which town derived its name from his large stable for oxen. (Schol. ad Callim. Hymna. in Del. 102; Etymol. M. s. v.) According to others, he was a king of Olenus, and the father of Deïaneira, whom Heracles seduced during his stay with Dexamenus, who had hospitably received him. Heracles on parting promised to return and marry her. But in his absence the centaur Eurytion sued for Deïaneira's hand, and her father out of fear promised her to him. On the wedding day Heracles returned and slew Eurytion. (Hygin. Fab. 33.) Deïaneira is usually called a daughter of Oeneus, but Apollodorus (ii. 5. § 5) calls the daughter of Dexamenus, Mnesimache, and Diodorus (iv. 33) Hippolyte.