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In Greek mythology, King Oebalus /ˈɛbələs/ (Ancient Greek: Οἴβαλος) of Sparta, son of Cynortas, was the second husband of Princess Gorgophone and thus son-in-law of hero Perseus. With her, he fathered Tyndareus, Icarius and Hippocoon (or, according to Apollodorus, he fathered them with the Naiad Bateia), as well as a daughter, Arene, who married her half-brother Aphareus.[1]

Oebalus is often confused with Gorgophone’s first husband, Perieres, son of Aeolus. They are separate people, usually unrelated though Oebalus is sometimes said to be Perieres’ son.


  1. Pseudo-Apollodorus, 1921. Apollodorus, The Library (English translation by Sir James George Frazer, F.B.A., F.R.S. in 2 Volumes. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd)


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Preceded by
King of Sparta Succeeded by
(first reign)