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For other uses, see Idas (disambiguation).
Marpessa and Idas, separated from Apollo by Zeus, Attic red-figure psykter, ca. 480 BC, Staatliche Antikensammlungen (Inv. 2417).

In Greek mythology, Idas (pr: ee-das) (Ancient Greek: Ἴδας Ídas), a mortal, was one of the Argonauts in Homer's Odyssey, hunter and contender with the gods.

Early life[edit]

A son of Aphareus and Arene he was brother of Lynceus.

He and Lynceus loved Hilaeira and Phoebe and fought with their rival suitors, Castor and Polydeuces, killing the mortal brother Castor. He was also one of the Argonauts and a participant in the hunt for the Calydonian Boar.


He kidnapped Marpessa. Apollo also desired her and Zeus made the girl choose. She chose the mortal Idas, fearing that Apollo could abandon her when she grew old. With Marpessa, Idas had one daughter named Cleopatra Alcyone.[1]


  1. ^ "Idas". Greek Myth Index. Retrieved 3 December 2012.