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In Greek mythology, Carnus (also spelled Carneus and Carneius) (Ancient Greek: Κάρνος) was a seer from Acarnania, who was instructed in the art of divination by Apollo. According to the poet Praxilla, he was a son of Zeus and Europa, who was brought up by Apollo and Leto.[1] Alternatively, he was Apollo's lover in some accounts.[2]

Carnus accompanied the Heracleidae, and was killed by Hippotes with a spear for giving obscure prophecies. Apollo then struck the Dorians with plague; having consulted an oracle, they banished Hippotes from their camp and established a cult of Apollo Carneius to propitiate the god.[3]


  1. ^ Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio 3.13.5
  2. ^ Conon, Narrations 26
  3. ^ Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio 3.13.4