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In Greek mythology, Cretheus (; Greek: Κρηθεύς Krētheus) was the king and founder of Iolcus, the son of Aeolus (son of Hellen) and Enarete.[1] His wives were Tyro and either Demodice or Biadice.[2] With Tyro, he fathered Aeson, Pheres, and Amythaon.[3][4][5] He also had several daughters, namely Hippolyte, future wife of Acastus[6] (otherwise known as Astydameia[7]); Myrina, who married Thoas;[8] and an unnamed daughter, who became the mother of Asterius by Teutamus.[9]

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  1. ^ Hesiod, Catalogue of Women fr. 10(a); Bibliotheca 1. 7. 3
  2. ^ Hyginus, Astronomica, 2. 20; she unsuccessfully tried to seduce Phrixus and falsely accused him of an attempt to rape her, cf. the stories of Phaedra and Hippolytus, Stheneboea and Bellerophon, Astydameia and Peleus, Phthia/Clytia and Phoenix, Philonome and Tenes, Ochne and Eunostus
  3. ^ Homer, Odyssey, 11. 259
  4. ^ Bibliotheca 1. 9. 11
  5. ^ Tzetzes on Lycophron, 175
  6. ^ Pindar, Nemean Ode, 4. 57
  7. ^ Bibliotheca 3. 13. 2
  8. ^ Scholia on Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica, 1. 601
  9. ^ Diodorus Siculus, Library of History, 4. 60. 2
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