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(Πτερέλαος/Pterélaos, Πτερέλας/Pterélas, Πτερέλεως/Pteréleōs, Lat. Pterela). Mythical king of the Teleboae. His exact genealogy was already in dispute in Antiquity, but in any case P. is related to Hippothoe [3] and Taphius and is a descendant of Poseidon. From the latter he receives a golden hair that makes him immortal (Nisus [1]). When Amphitryon marches against P. with Cephalus [1], Creon and others (Apollod. 2,51-60), to take revenge for the sons of Electryon, P. resists for a year, until his daughter Comaetho [1] cuts off his hair for love of Amphitryon …

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Börm, Henning (Kiel), “Pterelaus”, 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 26 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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