HYLAS, in Greek legend, son of Theiodamas, king of the Dryopians in Thessaly, the favourite of Heracles and his companion on the Argonautic expedition.
ARGONAUTS ('Apyovavrat, the sailors of the "Argo"), in Greek legend a band of heroes who took part in the Argonautic expedition under the command of Jason, to fetch the golden fleece.
In the Argonautic legend, his abode was the island of Drepane (Apoll.
In the Argonautic expedition, after the death of Tiphys, helmsman of the "Argo," he took his place.
He destroyed sundry sea-monsters, set free the bound Prometheus, took part in the Argonautic voyage and the Calydonian boar hunt, made war against Augeas, and against Nestor and the Pylians, and restored Tyndareus to the sovereignty of Lacedaemon.
Autolycus is also said to have instructed Heracles in the art of wrestling, and to have taken part in the Argonautic expedition.
He was a great friend of Jason, and took part in the Calydonian boar-hunt and the Argonautic expedition.
Acastus was represented with his famous horses in the painting of the Argonautic expedition by Micon in the temple of the Dioscuri at Athens.
4 Theseus is also said to have taken part in the Argonautic expedition and the Calydonian boar-hunt.
A collection of oracles, a theogony, an epic poem on the Argonautic expedition, prose works on purifications and sacrifices, and a cosmogony, were attributed to him.
He points out some resemblances between these three books and the Argonautic fables, among them the circumstance that a fountain Artacia occurs in both.
In the Argonautic story this fountain is placed in the neighbourhood of Cyzicus, and answers to an actual fountain known in historical times.
Kirchhoff argues that the Artacia of the Argonautic story must have been taken from the real Artacia, and the Artacia of the Odyssey again from that of the Argonautic story.
Or it may be that the Artacia of the Odyssey suggested the name to the colonists of Cyzicus, whence it was adopted into the later versions of the Argonautic story.
A hero Nauplius took part in the Argonautic expedition; another was king of Euboea.