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The name Ctesippus may also refer to a character in Plato's Euthydemus and Lysis, and to a historical figure, see Leptines and Against Leptines.

In Greek mythology, the name Ctesippus[pronunciation?] (Ancient Greek: Κτήσιππος) may refer to:

  • Ctessipus, a son of Heracles, either by Deianira or by Astydameia.[1][2] He was the father of Thrasyanor, grandfather of Antimachus and great-grandfather of Deiphontes.[3] Thersander, son of Agamedidas, is also given as his great-grandson.[4]
  • Ctessipus, two of the suitors of Penelope, one from Same, and the other from Ithaca.[5] The rich and "lawless" Ctesippus of Same, son of Polytherses, who has 'fabulous wealth' appears in the Odyssey; he mocks the disguised Odysseus and hurls a bull's hoof at him as a 'gift', mocking xenia, though Odysseus dodges this. Telemachus says if he had hit the guest, he would have run Ctesippus through with his spear.[6] Later, in the battle between Odysseus and the suitors, Ctesippus attempts to kill Eumaeus with a spear, but misses due to Athena's intervention, though scratches Eumaeus's shoulder, and is thereupon himself killed by Philoetius, who thus avenges the disrespect towards his master.[7]


  1. ^ Bibliotheca 2. 7. 8
  2. ^ Diodorus Siculus, Library of History, 4. 37. 4
  3. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 2. 19. 1
  4. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece 3. 16. 6
  5. ^ Bibliotheca, Epitome of Book 4, 7. 26 - 7. 30
  6. ^ Homer, Odyssey, 20. 288 - 300
  7. ^ Odyssey, 22. 279 - 290