Deucalion of Crete

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In Greek mythology, Deucalion (/dju:keɪli:ən/) or Deukalion (Ancient Greek: Δευκαλίων της Κρήτης), was the king of Crete before his son Idomeneus succeeded him and led the kingdom into the Trojan War. He was the son of Minos and the grandson of Zeus.

Odysseus pretends to be his second son Aethon when he speaks to his wife while in disguise.[1] It is unclear whether Aethon is a real son of Deucalion, left by Idomeneus to act as regent during the war, or invented by Odysseus.

Deucalion was also the father of Crete and of an illegitimate son Molus.[2]


  1. ^ Homer, Odyssey 20.170-200.
  2. ^ Bibliotheca 3. 3. 1