In Greek mythology, Phineus[1] (/ˈfɪniəs, ˈfɪn.juːs/; Ancient Greek: Φινεύς, Ancient Greek: [pʰiː.neǔs]) was a king of Salmydessus in Thrace[2][3] and seer who appears in accounts of the Argonauts' voyage.[4] Some accounts, make him a king in Paphlagonia[2][5][6][7] or in Arcadia.[8]

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Phineus with the Boreads.


Several different versions of Phineus's parentage were presented in ancient texts. According to Apollonius of Rhodes, he was a son of Agenor[9], but the Bibliotheca says that other authors named his father as Poseidon (who is the father of Agenor).[3] The Hesiodic Catalogue of Women, on the other hand, reported that Phineus was the son of Phoenix and Cassiopeia.[10][11][12]

His first wife was Cleopatra, daughter of Boreas and Oreithyia, by whom he had a pair of sons, named either Plexippus and Pandion,[13] or Gerymbas and Aspondus[14], or Polydector (Polydectus) and Polydorus[15], or Parthenius and Crambis[16][17], or Oryithus (Oarthus) and Crambis. His second wife, Idaea, daughter of the Scythian king Dardanus[18][19][20] (less commonly Dia[11], Eidothea, sister of Cadmus,[21] or Eurytia[22]), deceived him into blinding these sons, a fate Phineus himself would suffer.[11][23]

By his second wife, or by a Scythian concubine[24], Phineus had two more sons, Mariandynus and Thynus.[16] According to some sources, he also had two daughters, Eraseia and Harpyreia[25][26] while another daughter Olizone was called the wife of Dardanus, who was the son of Zeus and Electra, and became the mother of Erichthonius.[27]

Comparative table of Phineus' family
Relation Names Source
Homer Hesiod Sophocles Apollon. Diodo. Ovid Valer. Apollod. Dictys Nonnus Tzetzes Unknown
Sch. Ody. Ehoiai Sch. Anti. Argo. Sch. Sch. Ibis
Parentage Phoenix and Cassiopeia
Wife Cleopatra (1st wife)
First wife
Children Gerymbas
Polydector (Polydectus)
Oryithus (Oarthus)


Phineus's own blinding was variously attributed to the outrage against his sons,[28] his giving Phrixus directions on his journey,[29] or because he preferred long life to sight,[30] or, as reported in the Argonautica (thus the best-known version), for revealing the future to mankind.[31] For this reason he was also tormented by the Harpies, who stole or defiled whatever food he had at hand or, according to the Catalogue of Women, drove Phineus himself to the corners of the world.[32] According to scholia on the Odyssey, when asked by Zeus if he preferred to die or lose sight as punishment for having his sons killed by their stepmother, Phineus chose the latter saying he would rather never see the sun, and consequently it was the scorned Helios who sent the Harpies against him.[22] However the Harpies plagued him, deliverance from this curse motivated Phineus's involvement in the voyage of the Argo.[33] Those accounts in which Phineus is stated to have blinded his sons, add that they had their sight restored to them by the sons of Boreas[34], or by Asclepius[35].

When the ship landed by his Thracian home, Phineus described his torment to the crew and told them that his brothers-in-law, the wing-footed Boreads, both Argonauts, were fated to deliver him from the Harpies.[36] Zetes demurred, fearing the wrath of the gods should they deliver Phineus from divine punishment, but the old seer assured him that he and his brother Calais would face no retribution.[37] A trap was set: Phineus sat down to a meal with the Boreads standing guard, and as soon as he touched his food the Harpies swept down, devoured the food and flew off.[38] The Boreads gave chase, pursuing the Harpies as far as the "Floating Islands" before Iris stopped them lest they kill the Harpies against the will of the gods.[39] She swore an oath by the Styx that the Harpies would no longer harass Phineus, and the Boreads then turned back to return to the Argonauts. It is for this reason, according to Apollonius, that the "Floating Islands" are now called the Strophades, the "Turning Islands".[40] Phineus then revealed to the Argonauts the path their journey would take and informed them how to pass the Symplegades safely, thus partially filling the same role for Jason that Circe did for Odysseus in the Odyssey.[33]

A now lost play about Phineus, Phineus, was written by Aeschylus and was the first play in the trilogy that included The Persians, produced in 472 B.C.[41]


  1. ^ The name is occasionally rendered "Phineas" in popular culture, as in the film Jason and the Argonauts. "Phineus" may be associated with the ancient city of Phinea (or Phineopolis) on the Thracian Bosphorus.
  2. ^ a b Scholia on Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica 2.178, 237; Scholia ad eund 2.177
  3. ^ a b Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 1.9.21
  4. ^ Bremmer (1996), Dräger (2007).
  5. ^ Eustathius ad Homer, Iliad 2.851, ad Dionysius Periegetes, 787
  6. ^ Stephanus of Byzantium, Ethnica s.v. Constantine Porphyrogennetos, De thematibus 1.7
  7. ^ William Smith. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, sv Paphlagonia
  8. ^ Servius, Commentary on Virgil's Aeneid 3.209
  9. ^ Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica 2.236–7
  10. ^ Hesiod, Ehoiai fr. 138 (Merkelbach & West 1967)
  11. ^ a b c Scholia on Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica 2.178
  12. ^ Phineus was the grandson of Agenor as the son of Phoenix according to Pherecydes and Antimachus as cited in George W. Mooney, Commentary on Apollonius: Argonautica vs Phineus
  13. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 3.15.3
  14. ^ Scholia on Sophocles, Antigone 977 ed. Brunck
  15. ^ Scholia on Ovid, Ibis 273
  16. ^ a b Scholia on Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica 2.140
  17. ^ Dräger (2007)
  18. ^ Tripp, s.v. Dardanus (2) p. 190
  19. ^ Diodorus Siculus, Bibliotheca historica 4.43.3–4
  20. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 3.15.3
  21. ^ Scholia on Sophocles, Antigone 989
  22. ^ a b Scholia on Homer, Odyssey 12.69
  23. ^ Sophocles, Antigone 966–76
  24. ^ Idaea and the Scythian concubine might be the same.
  25. ^ Tzetzes, Chiliades 1.220
  26. ^ Tzetzes on Lycophron, Alexandra 166
  27. ^ Dictys Cretensis, Trojan War Chronicle 3.5 & 4.22
  28. ^ Sophocles fr. 704 Radt
  29. ^ Megalai Ehoiai fr. 254 (Merkelbach & West 1967).
  30. ^ Hesiod, Ehoiai fr. 157 (Merkelbach & West 1967)
  31. ^ Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica 2.178–86
  32. ^ Phineus' food: Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica 2.187–201; his wandering torment: Hesiod, Ehoiai fr. 157 (Merkelbach & West 1967)
  33. ^ a b Dräger (2007).
  34. ^ Orphic Argonautica, 674
  35. ^ Scholia ad Pindar, Pythian Odes 13.96
  36. ^ Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica 2.234–9
  37. ^ Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica 2.244–61
  38. ^ Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica 2.263–72
  39. ^ Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica 2.282–7
  40. ^ Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica 2.288–97
  41. ^ Thomson, G. (1973). Aeschylus and Athens (4 ed.). Lawrence & Wishart. p. 279.


Further reading

  • Bremmer, J.N. (1996), "Phineus", in S. Hornblower & A. Spawforth (eds.) (eds.), Oxford Classical Dictionary (3rd rev. ed.), Oxford, ISBN 978-0-19-866172-6CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link).
  • Dräger, P. (1993), Argo Pasimelousa. Der Argonautenmythos in der griechischen und römischen Literatur. Teil 1: Theos aitios, Stuttgart, ISBN 978-3-515-05974-9.
  • Dräger, P. (2007), "Phineus", in H. Cancik & H. Schneider (eds.) (eds.), Brill's New Pauly: Antiquity, 11 (Phi–Prok), ISBN 978-90-04-14216-9CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link).
  • Merkelbach, R.; West, M.L. (1967), Fragmenta Hesiodea, Oxford, ISBN 0-19-814171-8.
  • Tripp, Edward, Crowell's Handbook of Classical Mythology, Ty Crowell Co; First edition (June 1970). ISBN 069022608X
  • West, M.L. (1985), The Hesiodic Catalogue of Women: Its Nature, Structure, and Origins, Oxford, ISBN 0-19-814034-7.

External links

  • Media related to Phineus at Wikimedia Commons

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Phineus (disambiguation)

Phineus is a Greek mythological king of Thrace, visited by Jason and the Argonauts.

Phineus may also refer to:

Phineus (son of Belus), turned to stone by Perseus

Phineus, one of the sons of Lycaon

Phineus (mythology)

In Greek mythology, Phineus (; Greek: Φινεύς, Ancient Greek: [pʰiː.neǔs]) was the name of the following figures:

Phineus, king of Thrace who was visited by Jason and the Argonauts.Phineus, son of Belus who was turned to stone by Perseus.

Phineus, one of the sons of Lycaon.

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One of the three Rhodian sculptors who created the sculpture Laocoön and His Sons and signed the Sperlonga sculptures


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