mythical king of Calydon

In Greek mythologyOeneus (Ancient Greek: Οἰνεύς, Oineús) was a king of Calydon in Aetolia. He introduced the art of winemaking to the region. He learned it from the god Dionysus. [1]

Oeneus with coat and sceptre, Attic white-ground lekythos, c. 500 BC, Staatliche Antikensammlungen (Inv. 1905)


Oeneus was the son of Porthaon and Euryte. He was the husband of Althaea. Their children were Deianeira (the third wife of Herakles), MeleagerToxeusClymenus, Periphas, Agelaus, Thyreus (or Phereus) Gorge, Eurymede, Mothone, Perimede and Melanippe. Oeneus was also the father of Tydeus by Periboea.


  1. "Oeneus | Greek mythology". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2020-08-19.