Arcesilaus (mythology)

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Arcesilaus (Ancient Greek: Ἀρκεσίλαος) in Greek mythology, was a son of Lycus (or Areilycus) and Theobule, brother of Prothoenor, and was the leader of the Boeotians in the Trojan war. He led his people to Troy in ten ships, and was slain by Hector.[1][2][3]

In one source though, this Arcesilaus is called a son of Alector and Cleobule, and thus half-brother to Leitus and Clonius.[4] He was killed by Hector.[5] Leitus brought his remains back to Boeotia and buried them near Lebadea, on the banks of River Hercyna.[6]


  1. ^ Homer, Iliad, 2. 495
  2. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae, 97
  3. ^ Diodorus Siculus, Library of History, 4. 67. 7
  4. ^ Tzetzes, Allegoriae Iliadis, Prologue, 534
  5. ^ Homer, Iliad, 15. 329
  6. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 9. 39. 3

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William (1870). "Arcesilaus". In Smith, William (ed.). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 1. p. 253.