(Πενθίλος; Penthílos). Son of Orestes  and Erigone , father of Damasius and Echelas, or Archelaus (Paus. 2,18,5f.; 3,2,1; 5,4,3; Str 13,1,3). P. and the Penthilides are attributed, along with Orestes, with the Aeolian colonisation, esp. that of Lesbos (Paus. 3,2,1; Str. 9,2,3; 9,2,5; 13,1,3; schol. Lycoph. 1374; Hellanicus FGrH 4 F 32). The violent rulership of the Penthilides in Mytilene is ended by Megacles and Smerdis (Aristot. Pol. 5,10, 1311b), the Lesbian city Penthile supposedly derived its name from P. (Steph. Byz. s.v. Πενθίλη/Penthílē).
Cite this pageEiben, Susanne (Kiel), “Penthilus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 18 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e913200>
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