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In Greek mythology, Acarnan (Ἀκαρνάν; genitive Ἀκαρνᾶνος) was a son of Alcmaeon and Callirrhoe, and brother of Amphoterus. Their father was murdered by Phegeus (or, in some sources, his sons Agenor and Pronous), when they were yet very young, and Calirrhoe prayed to Zeus to make her sons grow quickly, that they might be able to avenge the death of their father. The prayer was granted, and Acarnan with his brother slew Phegeus, his wife, and his two sons. The inhabitants of Psophis, where the sons had been slain, pursued the murderers as far as Tegea, where however they were received and rescued. At the request of Achelous they carried the necklace and peplos of Harmonia to Delphi, and from thence they went to Epirus, where Acarnan founded the state called after him Acarnania.[1][2]


  1. ^ Bibliotheca 3.7.5-7 ; Ovid, Metamorphoses 9.413, &c.; Thucydides 2.102; Strabo 10.2.6.
  2. ^ Schmitz, Leonhard (1867). "Acarnan". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 1. p. 5. Retrieved 2007-08-18.