Pharis (mythology)

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In Greek mythology, Pharis[pronunciation?] was the son of Hermes and the Danaid Phylodameia, and founder of Pharae in Messene. He had one daughter, Telegone, who consorted with the river god Alpheius and had by him a son Ortilochus (Orsilochus), who in his turn became father of Diocles, and Diocles had twin sons Crethon and Orsilochus, who fought at Troy and were killed by Aeneas.[1][2]

Pausanias leaves open the question whether Pharae in Achaea were founded by this Pharis (spelled "Phares" in this particular passage) or by someone else.[3]


  1. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 4. 30. 2
  2. ^ Homer, Iliad, 5. 543 - 550
  3. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 7. 22. 5