All information concerning Homeric Ephyre are recorded in this location.
Some scholars suggest that Odysseus went to this Ephyre and not the Eleian one during his return to Ithaca (Od. 1.259, 2.328).
Phylas. King of Ephyra, in Thesprotia, and father of Polymele and Astyoche, by the latter of whom Heracles was the father of Tlepolemus
Mermerus (Mermeros). A son of Pheres, and grandson of Jason and Medeia. He was the father of Ilus and Ephyra, and skilled in the art of preparing poison. (Hom. Od. i. 260; Eustath. ad Hom. p. 1416.)
Ilus. A son of Mermerus, and grandson of Jason and Medeia. He lived at Ephyra, between Elis and Olympia; and when Odysseus came to him to fetch the poison for his arrows, Ilus refused it, from fear of the vengeance of the Gods. (Hom. Od. i. 259, ii. 328; Eustath. ad Hom. p. 1415, &c.; Strab. viii. p. 338.)
GTP's note: ed. William Smith, undertakes that Homeric Ephyra located in Elis, instead Thesprotia.
This text is from: A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities (1890) (eds. William Smith, LLD, William Wayte, G. E. Marindin). Cited Apr 2005 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks
Astyoche. A daughter of Phylas, king of Ephyra, by whom Heracles, after the conquest cf Ephyra, begot Tlepolemus. (Apollod. ii. 7.6, 8; Hom. Il. ii. 658; Schol. ad Pind. Ol. vii. 24)
. . . Tlepolemos, son of Herakles, a man both brave and large of stature, brought nine ships of lordly warriors from Rhodes. These dwelt in Rhodes which is divided among the three cities of Lindos, Ialysos, and Kameiros, that lies upon the chalk. These were commanded by Tlepolemos, son of mighty Herakles and born of Astyochea, whom he had carried off from Ephyra, on the river Selleis, after sacking many cities of valiant warriors. (Hom. Il. 2.650)
Hercules marched with the Calydonians against the Thesprotians, and having taken
the city of Ephyra, of which Phylas was king, he had intercourse with the king's
daughter Astyoche, and became the father of Tlepolemus.<
Compare Diod. 4.36.1, who gives Phyleus as the name of the king of Ephyra, but does not mention the name of his daughter. According to Pind. (O. 7.23(40)ff., with the Scholiast), the mother of Tlepolemus by Herakles was not Astyoche but Astydamia.
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