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ENDEIS
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Ενδηις Endêis Endeis Native, At Home
(endemos)

ENDEIS was a Thessalian nymph or princess who married King Aiakos (Aeacus) of the island of Aigina (Aegina). She was jealous of her stepson Phokos (Phocus) and induced her sons Peleus and Telamon to murder the boy.

Endeis was either a daughter of the wise kentauros (centaur) Kheiron (Chiron), foster-father of her grandson Akhilleus (Achilles); or a daughter of Skeiron (Sciron), king of Skyros. In the latter version, Endeis' brother Lykomedes, rather than Kheiron, was the foster-father of Akhilleus.

PARENTS
[1.1] SKEIRON (Apollodorus 158, Pausanias 2.29.9)
[1.2] SKEIRON & KHARIKLO (Plutarch Theseus 10.3)
[1.3] KHEIRON (Hyginus Fabulae 14)
OFFSPRING
[1.1] PELEUS, TELAMON (by Aiakos) (Apollodorus 158, Pausanias 2.29.9, Plutarch Theseus 10.3, Hyginus Fabulae 14)

ENCYCLOPEDIA

ENDE′IS (Endêis), a daughter of Chiron, who was married to Aeacus, by whom she became the mother of Peleus and Telamon. (Apollod. iii. 12. § 6,) Pausanias (ii. 29. § 7) calls her a daughter of Sciron.

Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.


Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 1. 158 (trans. Aldrich) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.) :
"Aiakos (Aeacus) married Endeis, daughter of Skeiron (Sciron), and had sons named Peleus and Telamon."
[N.B. The conversion of Kheiron to Skeiron, king of the island of Skyros, may be a late rationalisation of the myth--Homer, for example, describes Kheiron as the foster-father of Endeis' grandson Akhilleus, but knows nothing of Skeiron, Lykomedes and the island of Skyros.]

Pausanias, Description of Greece 2. 29. 9 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"Beside the shrine of Aiakos (Aeacus) [on the island of Aigina] is the grave of Phokos (Phocus) . . . When Telamon and Peleus [sons of Aiakos] had induced Phokos to compete at the pentathlon, and it was now the turn of Peleus to hurl the stone, which they were using for a quoit, he intentionally hit Phokos. The act was done to please their mother; for, while they were both born of [Endeis] the daughter of Skeiron, Phokos was not, being, if indeed the report of the Greeks be true, the son of [Psamathe] a sister of Thetis . . . When this blow of the quoit killed Phokos, the sons of Endeis boarded a ship and fled."

Plutarch, Life of Theseus 10. 3 (trans. Perrin) (Greek historian C1st to C2nd A.D.) :
"Aiakos (Aeacus), and grandfather of Peleus and Telamon, who were the sons of Endeis, daughter of Skeiron (Sciron) and Khariklo (Chariclo)."
[N.B. Khariklo is usually the wife of Kheiron, clearly Skeiron has been substituted here for the centaur in a rationalised version of the genealogy.]

Pseudo-Hyginus, Fabulae 14 (trans. Grant) (Roman mythographer C2nd A.D.) :
"Peleus and Telamon, sons of Aeacus and Endeis, daughter of Chiron, from the island of Aegina."


Sources:

  • Apollodorus, The Library - Greek Mythography C2nd A.D.
  • Pausanias, Description of Greece - Greek Travelogue C2nd A.D.
  • Plutarch, Lives - Greek Historian C1st-2nd A.D.
  • Hyginus, Fabulae - Latin Mythography C2nd A.D.