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Amarynceus (Ancient Greek: Ἀμαρυγκεύς) was in Greek mythology a chief of the Eleans, and a son of Onesimachus or of Acetor.[1][2] According to Hyginus, Amarynceus himself joined the expedition against Troy with nineteen ships. Homer, on the other hand, only mentions Amarynceus' son Diores (also known by the patronymic Amarynceides) as partaking in the Trojan War.[3] The mother of Diores by Amarynceus was Mnesimache according to John Tzetzes.[4]

When Amarynceus died, his sons celebrated funeral games in his honor, in which Nestor took part.[5] According to Pausanias, Amarynceus had been of great service to Augeas against Heracles, in return for which Augeas shared his throne with him.[6][7]


  1. ^ Gaius Julius Hyginus, Fabulae 97
  2. ^ Eustathius of Thessalonica, On Homer p. 303
  3. ^ Homer, Iliad ii. 622, iv. 517
  4. ^ Tzetzes, Homeric Allegories, Prologue, 534
  5. ^ Homer, Iliad xxiii. 629, &c.
  6. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece v. i. § 8
  7. ^ Schmitz, Leonhard (1867). "Amarynceus". In William Smith. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 1. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. p. 136. 

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "article name needed". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.