Lynceus (Argonaut)

Lynkeus (Greek Λυνκεύς ), the son of Aphareus and the arenes, was in Greek mythology, the younger brother of Idas. The Libraries of Apollodorus also mentions another brother: Peisos. He had such sharp eyes that he could see through walls and look into the earth.

Lynceus and Idas participated together in the hunt for the Calydonian boar and the Argonauts. Together with the Dioscuri, Castor and Pollux, they made a foray into Arcadia. Later they came with the Dioscuri in disputing, Lynceus was killed by Polydeuces with the spear.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Lynkeus immortalized in his Faust II in the third act as herald the arrival of Helena and the fifth act as a witness to the arson of Mephisto. " The same name has Goethe assigned to two different symbolic figures " (A. Daur. Faust and the devil. Heidelberg 1950)


  • Apollodorus, Libraries, 1, 67; 1, 111; 3, 117; 3, 135 - 136
  • Pausanias, traveling in Greece, 3, 13, 1; 3, 14, 7; 4, 2, 6 - 7; 4, 3, 1