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ANIKETOS & ALEXIARES
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Ανικητος Anikêtos Anicetus Unconquerable
(anikêtos)
Αλεξιαρης Alexiarês Alexiares Warding-Off-War
(alexi-, arês)

ANIKETOS and ALEXIARES were two minor Olympian gods who presided over the defence of fortified towns and citadels. Their names mean respectively "the unconquerable one " and "he who wards off war." They were sons of Herakles, born after the hero's ascension to Olympos, and his marriage to the goddess Hebe.

The pair may have been regarded as the gatekeepers of Olympos, a role which was often assigned to their immortal father. The were probably the same as the "Princes," two boy-god sons of Herakles, worshipped in the town of Thebes. In Aiskhylos' play the Seven Against Thebes, Zeus is invoked as Alexeterios by the defending Thebans.

PARENTS
HERAKLES & HEBE (Apollodorus 2.158)

Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 2. 158 (trans. Aldrich) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.) :
"[Herakles] achieved immortality, and when Hera's enmity changed to friendship, he married her daughter Hebe (Youth), who bore him sons Alexiares and Aniketos (Anicetus)."


Sources:

  • Apollodorus, The Library - Greek Mythography C2nd A.D.