Argus (Argonaut)

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In Greek mythology, Argus (/ˈɑːrɡəs/; Ancient Greek: Ἄργος Argos) was the builder and eponym of the ship Argo, and consequently one of the Argonauts; he was said to have constructed the ship under Athena's guidance.[1] Arestor, a member of the Argive royal house, is given as his father by Apollonius Rhodius[2] and John Tzetzes,[3] but Hyginus says Argus' parents were Polybus and Argia[4] or Danaus to be his father.[5] In Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica, Argus is said to have originated from Thespiae.[6] Argus was also credited with creating a wooden statue of Hera that was a cult object in Tiryns.[7]

He should not be confused with the hundred-eyed giant Argus Panoptes.


  1. ^ Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica, 1. 4 with scholia, 1. 112; 1. 226
  2. ^ Argonautica 1. 112
  3. ^ Tzetzes on Lycophron 883: "[son] of Arestor or Alector"
  4. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae, 14
  5. ^ Hyginus. Fabulae, 14.5
  6. ^ Valerius Flaccus, Argonautica, 1. 93 & 124
  7. ^ Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica, 1. 1119, 2. 613; Clement of Alexandria, Protrepticus, 4. 14. 7 referring to Demetrius' Argolica