Menoetius (Greek mythology)

Menoetius (Greek mythology)

Menoetius (; Greek: Μενοίτιος Menoitios) meaning doomed might referred to three distinct beings:


  • Titan 1
  • Guard of the cattle of Hades 2
  • Argonaut 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


A son of Iapetus and Clymene or Asia, and a brother of Atlas, Prometheus and Epimetheus, was killed by Zeus with a flash of lightning, in the War of the Titans, and banished to Tartarus.[1][2][3] His name means "doomed might", deriving from the Ancient Greek words menos ("might, power") and oitos ("doom, pain"). Hesiod described Menoetius as hubristic, meaning exceedingly prideful and impetuous to the very end. From what his name suggests along with Hesiod's account, Menoetius was perhaps the Titan god of violent anger and rash action.[4]

Guard of the cattle of Hades

During Heracles twelfth labor, to steal the hound Cerberus, he slays one of Hades cattle. A certain Menoetius, son of Keuthonymos, challenges Heracles to a wrestling match during which Heracles hugs him and breaks his ribs before Persephone intervenes.[5]


The Argonaut, father of Patroclus and Myrto (by either Sthenele, Periopis or Polymele),[6][7] son of Actor[8] and Aegina.


  1. ^ Hesiod, Theogony 507, &c., 514
  2. ^ Bibliotheca 1. 2. § 3
  3. ^ Scholia to Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound 347
  4. ^ Smiley, Charles N (1922). "Hesiod as an Ethical and Religious Teacher". The Classical Journal 1922: 514. 
  5. ^ The Library. p. 2.125. 
  6. ^ Bibliotheca 3. 13. 8
  7. ^ Plutarch, Aristides, 20. 6
  8. ^ Homer, Iliad, XI, 785

External links

  • Theoi Project: "MENOITIOS"