Ancaeus of Arcadia

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In Greek mythology, Ancaeus or Ankaios (/ænˈsəs/; Ancient Greek: Ἀγκαῖος Ankaîos) son of King Lycurgus of Arcadia, was both an Argonaut and a participant in the Calydonian Boar hunt, in which he met his end. His arms were ominously hidden at home, but he set forth, dressed in a bearskin and armed only with a labrys (λάβρυς "doubled-bladed axe").[1] His wife was named Iotis, and his mother was either Cleophyle or Eurynome according to one account[2][3], or Antinoe according to another one[4]. Ancaeus' son Agapenor led the Arcadian forces during the Trojan War.


  1. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 1.8.2, 1.9.16, 3.9.2 & 3.10.7-8
  2. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae 248
  3. ^ Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio 8.4.10, 8.5.2
  4. ^ Scholia on Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica 1.164: Lycurgus' wife is otherwise known as Cleophyle or Eurynome.