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Iphitos or Īphitus (/ˈɪfɪtəs/; Ancient Greek: Ἴφιτος) is the name of six individuals in Greek mythology.

  • Iphitos, an elderly Trojan during the Trojan War. In Book VIII of the Iliad, his son Archeptolemus suddenly becomes the charioteer of Hector when Eniopeus was killed by Diomedes. However, Teucer killed him in the same battle.[11] In Aeneid Book II, Aeneas named Iphitos among half a dozen Trojan heroes who fight by his side during the fall of Troy. When the battle turned against them, Iphitos was the only one of these who remained standing. He was apparently by Aeneas's side until King Priam was killed.[12] In some accounts, Iphitos was also the father of Coeranus who was killed by Odysseus.[13]
  • Iphitos, king of Elis, restored the Olympic Games after the Dorian invasion. The restoration came after he asked the Oracle at Delphi about what should be done to save Greece from civil war and the diseases that were killing the population. The Oracle answered: "Iphitos and the people of Elis must declare a sacred truce for the duration of the game and revive the Olympic Games".


  1. ^ a b Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 1.9.16
  2. ^ Valerius Flaccus, Argonautica 1.363
  3. ^ a b Homer, Iliad 2.518
  4. ^ Statius, Thebaid 7.354
  5. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae 14
  6. ^ Statius, Thebaid 7.340-358
  7. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 3.10.8
  8. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 2.5.1
  9. ^ Alcman, Lyrical Poets 25
  10. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae 70
  11. ^ Homer, Iliad 8.128
  12. ^ Virgil, Aeneid 2.435
  13. ^ Ovid, Metamorphoses 13.257