Ancaeus of Arcadia

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In Greek mythology, Ancaeus (/ænˈsəs/; Ancient Greek: Ἀγκαῖος Ankaîos) was both an Argonaut and a participant in the Calydonian Boar hunt, in which he met his end.


Ancaeus was the son of King Lycurgus[1] of Arcadia either by Cleophyle or Eurynome[2] or Antinoe.[3] Ancaeus married Iotis and became the father of Agapenor who led the Arcadian forces during the Trojan War.[4]


Ancaeus' arms were ominously hidden at home, but he set forth, dressed in a bearskin and armed only with a labrys (λάβρυς "doubled-bladed axe").[5]


  1. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae 248
  2. ^ Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio 8.4.10, 8.5.2
  3. ^ Scholia on Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica 1.164: Lycurgus' wife is otherwise known as Cleophyle or Eurynome.
  4. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae 97
  5. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 1.8.2, 1.9.16, 3.9.2 & 3.10.7-8