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For the writer of this name, see Aethlius (writer).

Aethlius (Ancient Greek: Ἀέθλιος) was, in Greek mythology, the first king of Elis,[1] father of Endymion.[2] He was the son of Zeus and Protogeneia (daughter of Deucalion),[3][4] and was married to Calyce. He led Aeolians from Thessaly and founded Elis. According to some accounts, Endymion was himself a son of Zeus and first king of Elis.[5] Other traditions again made Aethlius a son of Aeolus, who was called by the name of Zeus.[6]


  1. ^ Pausanias, v. 1. § 2
  2. ^ Schmitz, Leonhard (1867), "Aethlius (1)", in Smith, William, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, 1, Boston, MA, p. 51 
  3. ^ Bibliotheca (Pseudo-Apollodorus), i. 7. § 2
  4. ^ Gaius Julius Hyginus, Fabulae 155
  5. ^ Bibliotheca (Pseudo-Apollodorus), i. 7. § 5.
  6. ^ Pausanias, v. 8. § 1.