Son of Poseidon and a companion of Jason on his voyage to Colchis. He it is who is winning the chariot-race at Pelias' fumeral games. Euphemus sends one dove to see if the passage through the Symplegades was possible (Argon. 2. 561). Euphemus is turned into an euphemistic name of a chthonian god, who lives at the gate of Hades, Taenarum. Euphymus, of the Minyan clan, was the ancestor of Battus, the settler of Libya
Euphemus (Euphemos). Son of Poseidon and Europa, daughter of Tityus, husband of Laonome, the sister of Heracles. His father conferred on him the gift of moving so swiftly over the sea that his feet remained dry. He was originally one of the Minyae of Panopeus in Phocis, but afterwards settled on the promontory of Taenarum in Laconia, and took part in the Calydonian hunt and the expedition of the Argonauts. When the Argonauts came to the lake of Triton, Triton gave Eumolpus a clod of earth, and Medea prophesied that if he threw this into the entrance of the lower world at Taenarum, his descendants of the tenth generation would be masters of Libya. The clod, however, was lost in the island of Thera, and his descendants were compelled to hold possession of this island, from which at length, in the seventeenth generation, Battus came forth and founded Cyrene in Libya.
This text is from: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities. Cited Apr 2003 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks
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