Menoetius (Greek mythology)

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Not to be confused with Menoeceus.

In Greek mythology, Menoetius (/məˈnʃiəs/; Greek: Μενοίτιος Menoitios) referred to several different people:

  1. A son of Iapetus and Clymene or Asia, and a brother of Atlas, Prometheus and Epimetheus, was killed by Zeus with a flash of lightning, in the War of the Titans, and banished to Tartarus.[1][2][3] His name means "doomed might", deriving from the Ancient Greek words menos ("might, power") and oitos ("doom, pain"). Hesiod described Menoetius as hubristic, meaning exceedingly prideful and impetuous to the very end. From what his name suggests along with Hesiod's account, Menoetius was perhaps the Titan god of violent anger and rash action.[4]
  2. One of Hades' shepherds on Erythea. He told Geryon when Heracles stole Geryon's herd.
  3. Father of Patroclus and Myrto (by either Sthenele, Periopis or Polymele),[5][6] son of Actor[7] and Aegina. This Menoetius may have been one of the Argonauts.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Hesiod, Theogony 507, &c., 514
  2. ^ Bibliotheca 1. 2. § 3
  3. ^ Scholia to Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound 347
  4. ^ Smiley, Charles N. "Hesiod as an Ethical and Religious Teacher", The Classical Journal, vol. XVII, 1922; pg. 514
  5. ^ Bibliotheca 3. 13. 8
  6. ^ Plutarch, Aristides, 20. 6
  7. ^ Homer, Iliad, XI, 785

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