ALCYONEUS

ΑΛΚΥΟΝΕΥΣ

1. A giant, who kept possession of the Isthmus of Corinth at the time when Heracles drove away the oxen of Geryon. The giant attacked him, crushed twelve waggons and twenty-four of the men of Heracles with a huge block of stone. Heracles himself warded off the stone with his club and slew Alcyoneus. The block, with which the giant had attempted the life of Heracles, was shewn on the Isthmus down to a very late period. (Pind. Nem. iv. 44, with the Schol.) In another passage (Isth. vi. 45, &c.) Pindar calls Alcyoneus a Thracian shepherd, and places the struggle with him in the Phlegraean plains.

2. One of the giants. [See GIGANTES.]

3. A youth of Crisa, the son of Diomus and Meganira. When the monster Sybaris was ravaging the countryside, he was selected by lot as a sacrifice to the beast. The hero Eurybarus loved him and volunteered to go in his stead. (Anton. Lib. 8.)