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Abode Underworld
Parents Acheron or Styx (Father)
Orphne (Mother)

The name Ascalaphus /əˈskæləfəs/ (Greek: Ἀσκάλαφος, Askalaphos) is shared by two people in Greek mythology.

1) Son of Acheron or Styx and Orphne. Askalaphos was the custodian of the orchard of Hades. He told the other gods that Persephone had eaten pomegranate seeds in the Underworld, because she had tasted food in the underworld, Persephone was obliged to return to the Underworld and spend six months there every year.

Demeter was so angry because of this and she buried him beneath a heavy rock in the Underworld. When Herakles went to the underworld, he rolled the stone away and released Askalaphos from his prison but then Demeter transformed Askalaphos into a screech owl. According to another myth Persephone herself changed him into an owl by sprinkling him with water of the river Phlegethon.[1] After being transformed into a screech owl, he became the familiar bird of Hades, god of the underworld.

2) Son of Ares and Astyoche, daughter of Actor, son of Azeus, son of Erginus. He was King of Orchomenus, and twin brother of Ialmenus. The brothers were counted among the Argonauts and the suitors of Helen, and led the Orchomenian contingent in the Trojan War. Ascalaphus died in the Trojan War as a result of a spear thrown by Deiphobus.[2]


  1. ^ Ovid. Metamorphoses. Book V, 534.
  2. ^ Homer. Iliad, XIII, 518.