LYCUS

ΛΥΚΟΣ

1. One of the sons of Aegyptus. (Apollod. ii. 1. § 5.)

2. A son of Poseidon and Celaeno. who was transferred by his father to the islands of the blessed. (Apollod. iii. 10. § 1.)

3. A son of Hyrieus, and husband of Dirce, one of the mythical kings of Thebes. (Apollod. iii. 5. § 5; Hygin. Fab. 8.)

4. A tyrant of Thebes, is likewise called by some a son of Poseidon, though Euripides (Here. ur. 31) calls him a son of Lycus (No. 2), but makes him come to Thebes from Euboea. In the absence of Heracles, Lycus had attempted to destroy Megara and her children by Heracles, and killed Creon, king of Thebes, but on the return of Heracles he was killed by him. (Hygin. Fab. 32; Tzetz. ad Lycoph. 38.)

5. One of the Telchines, who is said to have gone to Lycia, and there to have built the temple of the Lycian Apollo on the river Xanthus. (Diod. v. 56.)

6. A son of Pandion, and brother of Aegeus, Nisus, and Pallas. He was expelled by Aegeus, and took refuge in the country of the Termili, with Sarpedon. That country was afterwards called, after him, Lycia (Herod. i. 173, vii. 92). He was honoured at Athens as a hero, and the lyceum derived its name from him. (Paus. i. 19. § 4; Aristoph. Vesp. 408.) He is said to have raised the mysteries of the great goddesses to greater celebrity, and to have introduced them from Attica to Andania in Messenia (Paus. iv. 1. § 4, &c.). He is sometimes also described as an ancient prophet (Paus. iv. 20. § 2, x. 12, in fin.), and the family of the Lycomedae, at Athens, traced their name and origin to him. This family was intimately connected with the Attic mysteries, and possessed chapels in the demus of Phylae and at Andania. (Paus. i. 22. § 7, iv. 1, 4, &c.; Plut. Themist. 1.)

7. A Thracian who was slain by Cycnus in single combat. (Paus. i. 27. § 7.)

8. A king of Lycia, who is said to have intended to sacrifice to Ares, Diomedes, who on his return fiom Troy was thrown upon the Lycian coast. But Diomedes was saved by the king's daughter Callirhoe. (Plut. Parall. Graec. et Rom. 23.)

9. A son of Dascylus, and king of the Mariandynians, was connected with Heracles and the Argonauts by ties of hospitality. (Apollod. i. 9. § 23, 5i. 5. § 9; Apollon. Rhod. ii. 139.)

10. A satyr son of Hermes. He and his brothers Pherespondus and Pronomus were messengers of the god Dionysus.

11. There are two other mythical personages of the name of Lycus. (Ov. Met. xii. 232; Tzetz. ad Lycoph. 132.)