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In Greek mythology, Eryx was a king of the city of Eryx in Sicily. He was either the son of Poseidon[1] or of Aphrodite and Butes the Argonaut of the Elymian people of Sicily who she spent several nights with at Lilybaeum to make Adonis jealous.[2][3] Eryx was an excellent boxer but died when Heracles beat him in a match.[4]

A different Eryx, one of the supporters of Phineus, was turned to stone by Perseus with the head of the Gorgon Medusa.[5]


  1. ^ Apollodorus, Library 2.5.10.
  2. ^ Diodorus Siculus, Library of History 4.22.6–23.3,4.83 1–4.
  3. ^ Graves, Robert (1960). The Greek Myths. London: Penguin Books. p. 70. ISBN 9780140171990. 
  4. ^ Virgil. Aeneid. Book V, 387–484.
  5. ^ Ovid, Metamorphoses 5.195 ff..

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