Queen of Iolcus
Astydameia, daughter of Cretheus (also known as Hippolyte), was the Queen of Iolcus and wife of Acastus. Her husband purified Peleus of the murder of King Eurytion of Phthia. Astydameia fell in love with Peleus but he scorned her. Bitter, she sent a messenger to Antigone, Peleus' wife, to tell her that Peleus was to marry Acastus' daughter, Sterope; Antigone hanged herself. Astydameia then told Acastus that Peleus had tried to rape her. Acastus believed the false accusations and tried to take revenge in Peleus by taking him on a hunting trip and leaving him unprotected as a group of Centaurs attacked. Peleus escaped death with the help of Chiron and Hermes; he pillaged Iolcus and dismembered Astydameia, then marched his army between the rended limbs.
Consort of Heracles
Astydameia was the mother of Ctesippus by Heracles. In one source, she is the daughter of Amyntor and Cleobule. Another account makes her the daughter of Ormenius, king of Pelasgiotis. Heracles, the same source relates, wooed her, but Ormenius would not marry her to him since Heracles was already married to Deianira. Heracles then led a war against Ormenius, killed him and took Astydameia by force.
Daughter of Pelops
Daughter of Strophius
Daughter of Phorbas
- Pindar, Nemean Ode 4. 54 (88) with scholia
- Scholia on Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica, 1. 224
- Scholia on Aristophanes, Clouds, 1063
- Bibliotheca 3. 13. 1-3, 7
- Bibliotheca 2. 7. 8
- Diodorus Siculus, Library of History, 4. 37. 4
- Pindar, Olympian Ode 7. 24, with the scholia, in which Pherecydes is cited for the alternative name "Astygeneia".
- Bibliotheca 2. 4. 5-6
- Scholia on Euripides, Orestes, 33
- Aelian, Various Histories, 1. 24
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