In Greek mythology, Aethalides (/ɪˈθælɪdz, ˈθælɪdz/[1]; Ancient Greek: Αἰθαλίδης) was a son of Hermes and Eupolemeia, a daughter of Myrmidon.[2]


Aethalides was the herald of the Argonauts, and had received from his father the faculty of remembering everything, even in Hades. He was further allowed to reside alternately in the upper and in the lower world. As his soul could not forget anything even after death, it remembered that from the body of Aethalides it had successively migrated into those of Euphorbus, Hermotimus, Pyrrhus, and at last into that of Pythagoras, in whom it still retained the recollection of its former migrations.[3][4][5][6][7]


  1. ^ Avery, Catherine B. (1972). The New Century handbook of Greek mythology and legend. Appleton-Century-Crofts. p. 27. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  2. ^ Schmitz, Leonhard (1867), "Aethalides", in Smith, William (ed.), Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, 1, Boston, MA, p. 49
  3. ^ Apollonius of Rhodes, i. 54, 640, &c.
  4. ^ Argonautica Orphica 131
  5. ^ Gaius Julius Hyginus, Fabulae 14
  6. ^ Diogenes Laërtius, viii. 1. § 4, &c.
  7. ^ Gaius Valerius Flaccus, i.437


  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "Aethalides". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.