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Agapenor (Greek: Ἀγαπήνωρ; gen.: Ἀγαπήνορος) was in Greek mythology a leader of the Arcadians in the Trojan war.[1] He was a son of Ancaeus, and grandson of Lycurgus. As king of the Arcadians he received sixty ships from Agamemnon, in which he led his Arcadians to Troy.[2][3] He also occurs among the suitors of Helen.[4][5] He was one of the men to be in the Trojan Horse.[6]

On his return from Troy he was cast by a storm on the coast of Cyprus, where he founded the town of Nea Paphos and in it the famous temple of Aphrodite.[7] He also occurs in the story of Harmonia.[8]


  1. ^ Schmitz, Leonhard (1867), "Agapenor", in Smith, William, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, 1, Boston, pp. 59,  
  2. ^ Homer, Iliad ii. 609, &e.
  3. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae 97
  4. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae 81
  5. ^ Apollodorus, iii. 10. § 8
  6. ^ Homer, The Iliad, translated by Richmond Lattimore, 1951
  7. ^ Pausanias, viii. 5. § 2, &c.
  8. ^ Apollodorus, iii. 7. § 5, &c.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology by William Smith (1870).



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