Meges

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In Greek mythology, Mégês Phyleïdês (Greek: Μέγης Φυλεΐδης) was the commander of Epeans and/or Dulichians during the Trojan War.

Family[edit]

Meges was the son of Phyleus and his mother's name is variously given as either Eustyoche,[1][2] Ctimene[citation needed], Timandra,[3] Hagnete[citation needed], or Ctesimache.[4]

Mythology[edit]

Meges was one of Helen's suitors[5] and commanded the armies of the Echinadians and the Dulichians during the Trojan War, having summoned forty or sixty ships; he also led a contingent of Epeans who had once migrated to Dulichium together with his father.[1][4][6][7]

Meges was credited with killing a number of opponents, including Pedaeus (a son of Antenor),[8] Croesmus,[9] Amphiclus,[10] Itymoneus, Agelaus,[11] Eurymenes,[12] and Deiopites.[13] Dolops attempted to strike him with a spear but the corselet Meges was wearing, a gift for his father from Euphetes of Ephyra, saved his life.[14] Meges helped Odysseus to collect gifts for Achilles,[15] he was one of the men to enter the Trojan Horse.[16]

According to Dictys Cretensis, Meges fell at Troy.[17] Pausanias mentions a painting of him wounded in the arm by a Trojan, Admetes the son of Augeas.[18] Tzetzes relates that Meges, along with Prothous and a number of others, perished at Euboea.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hyginus, Fabulae, 97
  2. ^ Homer, Iliad 2.637
  3. ^ Eustathius on Homer, 305. 15
  4. ^ a b Tzetzes, Homeric Allegories, Prologue, 576 - 577
  5. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 3. 10. 8
  6. ^ Homer, Iliad 2. 625; 5. 69; 13. 692; 15. 531
  7. ^ Euripides, Iphigenia in Aulis, 284
  8. ^ Iliad 5. 69
  9. ^ Il. 15. 523
  10. ^ Il. 16. 313
  11. ^ Quintus Smyrnaeus, Fall of Troy, 1. 279
  12. ^ Qu. Smyrn. 10. 108
  13. ^ Qu. Smyrn. 13. 212
  14. ^ Il. 15. 525. ff
  15. ^ Il. 19. 239 ff
  16. ^ Quintus Smyrnaeus, Fall of Troy, 12. 326
  17. ^ Dictys Cretensis, 3. 10
  18. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 10. 25. 5
  19. ^ Tzetzes on Lycophron, 902