Arcesilaus (mythology)

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In Greek mythology, Arcesilaus was one of the Greek leaders in the Trojan War, from Boeotia, commander of ten ships. He was son of Areilycus and Theobule, and brother of Prothoenor.[1][2][3] In one source though, he 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