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Heracles and his nephew, Iolaus. 1st century BC mosaic from the Anzio Nymphaeum, Rome

In Greek mythology, Iolaus (Greek: Ἰόλαος Iólaos) was a Theban divine hero, son of Iphikles and Automedusa.

He was famed for being Herakles's nephew and for helping with Herakles second labor. Ioalos also gained fame for being one of the Argonauts. Through his daughter Leipephilene, he was considered to have fathered the mythic and historic line of the kings of Corinth, ending with Telestes.


Iphikles and Automedusa

Ancient Text

"Iolaus, son of Iphiclus, an Argive."
- Hyginus, Fabulae, 14