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Agapenor (Greek: Ἀγαπήνωρ) was a leader of the Arcadians in the Trojan war.[1] He was a son of Ancaeus, and grandson of Lycurgus. As king of the Arcadians he received sixty ships from Agamemnon, in which he led his Arcadians to Troy.[2][3] He also occurs among the suitors of Helen.[4][5] He was one of the men to be in the Trojan Horse.[6]

On his return from Troy he was cast by a storm on the coast of Cyprus, where he founded the town of Paphos and in it the famous temple of Aphrodite.[7] He also occurs in the story of Alcmaeon: it was to him that Arsinoe (Alphesiboea), Alcmaeon's wife was sold away by her own brothers.[8]

Agapenor had a daughter Laodice, who was known for having sent to Tegea a robe as a gift to Athena Alea,[9] and to have built a temple of Aphrodite Paphia in Tegea.[10]


  1. Schmitz, Leonhard (1867), "Agapenor", in Smith, William, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, 1, Boston, p. 59<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Homer, Iliad 2. 609, &e.
  3. Hyginus, Fabulae 97
  4. Hyginus, Fabulae 81
  5. Bibliotheca 3. 10. § 8
  6. Homer, The Iliad, translated by Richmond Lattimore, 1951
  7. Pausanias, 8. 5. § 2, &c.
  8. Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 3. 7. § 5, &c.
  9. Pausanias, 8. 5. 3
  10. Pausanias, 8. 53. 7


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "article name needed". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>