NIREUS

ΝΙΡΕΥΣ

1. A son of Charopus and Aglaia, was, next to Achilles, the handsomest among the Greeks at Troy, but unwarlike. He came from the island of Syme (between Rhodes and Cnidus), and commanded only three ships and a small number of men. (Hom. Il. ii. 671 ; Hygin. Fab. 270.) According to Diodorus (v. 53), he also ruled over a part of Cnidus, and he is said to have been slain by Eurypylus or Aeneias. (Dict. Cret. iv. 17; Dar. Phryg. 21; Hygin. Fab. 113.) His beauty became proverbial. (Lucian, Dial. Mort. 9.)

2. A son, or favourite of Heracles, with whom he fought against the lion of mount Helicon. (Ptolem. Hephaest. 2.)