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This article is about the mythological king. For the commune in France, see Lélex.
Spouse(s) Cleocharia
Children Myles
Parent(s) Poseidon (father)
Libya (mother)
Here is shown Eurotas, grandson of Lelex, with his daughter Sparta

In Greek mythology, Lelex[pronunciation?] (Greek: Λέλεξ) was a King of Laconia and a demigod.


Lelex was married to the Naiad nymph Cleocharia. He had several sons, including Myles, Polycaon, Pterelaus and Cleson.[1]

The parentage of Lelex is variously stated. He was likely a son of Poseidon by Libya; or his father is said to be the sun-god Helios; or he was said to be autochthonous.

His grandson (fathered by Myles) was Eurotas. Eurotas had a daughter named Sparta,[2] who would later marry Lacedaemon.[3] Lacedaemon named the city of Sparta after his wife; however, the city's name would also be his own, as it was called either Lacedaemon or Sparta interchangeably.

Sources indicate that Perseus is a descendant of Lelex. Lelex’s great-granddaughter Sparta gave birth to a daughter named Eurydice (no relation to Orpheus’ Eurydice), who had married Acrisius, the king of Argos. Eurydice became the mother of Danaë, thus making her Perseus’ grandmother.[4]

Lelex appears to have been conceived by ancient mythographers as the eponymous founder of the Leleges, a semi-mythical people who lived on both sides of the Aegean Sea.


  1. ^ Apollodorus, 3.10.3.
  2. ^ Guide to Greece, 3.1.1-3.
  3. ^ Pausanias. "Sparta, mythical history". Description of Greece, translated by WHS Jones. 
  4. ^ Grimal, Pierre, The Dictionary of Classical Mythology, Wiley-Blackwell, 1996, ISBN 978-0-631-20102-1. "Eurydice" (2), p. 157.
Regnal titles
Preceded by
King of Sparta
C. 1600 BC
Succeeded by