Paeon (son of Antilochus)

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In Greek mythology, Paeon was the son of Antilochus, and a lord of Messenia. His father was one of the suitors of Helen, who together with his father Nestor, the king of Pylos, and brother Thrasymedes, fought in the Trojan War. Paeon's sons were among the descendants of Neleus (the Neleidae) expelled from Messenia, by the descendants of Heracles,[1] as part of the legendary "Return of the Heracleidae", later associated with the supposed "Dorian invasion". The sons of Paeon, along with other of the expelled Neleidae, Alcmaeon and Melanthus fled to Athens. It was from this Paeon that the Attic clan and deme of Paeonidae or Paionidai is supposed to have derived its name.[2]


  1. ^ Pausanias, 2.18.7–9.
  2. ^ Larcher, p. 141