In Greek mythology, Melanthus (Ancient Greek: Μέλανθος) was a king of Messenia. He was among the descendants of Neleus (the Neleidae) expelled from Messenia, by the descendants of Heracles,[1] as part of the legendary "Return of the Heracleidae", later associated with the supposed "Dorian invasion".

He fled to Athens, along with other of the expelled Neleidae, Alcmaeon and the sons of Paeon. Melanthus later became a king of Athens, the successor of Thymoetes, succeeded by Codrus.

Melanthus was also a shipmate of Acoetes who attempted to kidnap Dionysus.


  1. ^ Pausanias, 2.18.7–9.
Further reading
  • Pausanias, Description of Greece. W. H. S. Jones (translator). Loeb Classical Library. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. (1918). Vol. 1. Books I–II: ISBN 0-674-99104-4.

External links

  • Reference in Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology
  • Reference on Greek Mythology Link
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