Minyas (mythology)

Minyas (mythology)

In Greek mythology, Minyas (Greek: Μινύας) was the founder of Orchomenus, Boetia[1]. As the ancestor of the Minyans, a number of Boeotian genealogies lead back to him, according to the classicist H.J. Rose. Accounts vary as to his own parentage: one source states that he was thought to be the son of Orchomenus and Hermippe, his real father being Poseidon[2]; in another account he is called son of Poseidon and Callirhoe[3]; yet others variously give his father as Chryses (son of Poseidon and Chrysogeneia, daughter of Almus)[4], Ares, Aleus or Eteoclus[5].

Minyas was married to either Euryanassa, Euryale, Tritogeneia (daughter of Aeolus), Clytodora, or Phanosyra (daughter of Paeon). Of them either Euryanassa or Clytodora bore him a daughter Clymene (also called Periclymene[6], mother of Iphiclus and Alcimede by Phylacus or Cephalus). Clytodora is also given as the mother by Minyas of Presbon and Eteoclymene, and Phanosyra of Orchomenus, Diochthondes, and Athamas.[2] Minyas' other children include Cyparissus, the founder of Anticyra[7], and three daughters known as the Minyades.[8][9][10]

According to Apollonius Rhodius[11] and Pausanias [12] he was the first king ever to have made a treasury, of which the ruins were still extant in Pausanias' times.


  1. ^ Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica, 3. 1093 ff
  2. ^ a b Scholia on Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica, 1. 230
  3. ^ Tzetzes on Lycophron, 875
  4. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece 9. 36. 4; in scholia on Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica, 3. 1094, Minyas himself is the son of Poseidon and "Chrysogone", daughter of Almus.
  5. ^ Scholia on Pindar, Isthmian Ode 1. 79
  6. ^ Hyginus Fabulae 14
  7. ^ Scholia on Homer, Iliad, 2. 159; on Odyssey, 11. 362
  8. ^ Ovid, Metamorphoses, 4. 1 - 168
  9. ^ Antoninus Liberalis, Metamorphoses, 10
  10. ^ Plutarch, Quaestiones Graecae, 38
  11. ^ Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica, 1.229
  12. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 9.38.2

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