Glaucos, The King Of Corinth

Glaucos was a king of Corinth and a passionate but cruel charioteer. He was famous for his passion for horses. Glaucos loved horses passionately and often participated in horse races. To make his horses stronger, Glaucos fed them the flesh of other animals, often including human flesh.

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Origins and Family

Glaucos was the son of Sisyphus, The King Condemned to Eternal Toil and Merope, a daughter of the Titan Atlas, The Titan Who Held Up the Sky. Merope was the only daughter of Atlas, and she married a mortal man. Glaucus, The Tragic Sea God was the father of Bellerophon, The Hero Who Tamed Pegasus, the ruler of the winged Pegasus, the winged horse.

Glaucos’ Death

Glaucos became most famous for his death. One day, while participating in a chariot race, his own mares threw him out of the chariot and devoured him. In another version, Glaucos died because Aphrodite, the goddess of love, punished him for not allowing female horses to mate with male horses to become faster.

According to another legend, the mares either drank water from a sacred spring or ate a magical herb because they were hungry.

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Evangelia Hatzitsinidou is the creator and author of which has been merged with She has been writing about Greek Mythology for almost twenty years. A native to Greece, she teaches and lives just outside Athens.