Peleus and Talamon on the Argo
Peleus and Talamon on the Argo. From the series 'Vessels of the Argonauts.' 1608. Public domain. Credit: The Met.

The crew of the Argo

The crew of the Argonauts varies depending on which version of the ancient myth you are reading. That sounds confusing, but the ancient storytellers were always adding to and embellishing the story, much like the modern superhero sagas. It also appears that the myth evolved differently in different parts of ancient Greece.

Many of the crew were heroes of their own myths, Hercules being the most famous.

The Argonauts

Jason: the hero of our story, and leader of the Argonauts.
Argus: builder of the Argo.
Atalanta: the only female crewmember, and the faster human alive.
Autolycus: son of Hermes and a master thief.
Castor and Pollux: (Polydeuces), aka the Gemini Twins along with their sister Helen of Troy.
Euphemus: with the ability to walk on water.
Hercules aka Heracles: the son of Zeus, famous for his Twelve Labors.
Idmon and Mopsus: the seers.
Laertes: father of Odysseus.
Lynceus: with special powers of sight.
Meleager: slayer of the Calydonian boar.
Orpheus: the greatest musician of the ancient world.
Peleus and Telamon: brothers and, respectively, the fathers of Achilles and Ajax.
Polyphemus: the one-eyed giant.
Theseus: slayer of the Minotaur and the hero of a number of other legends.
Tiphys: the helmsman.
Zetes and Calais: the winged Boreads.
And many more Argonauts.

All the Argonauts

The following list is collated from several lists given in ancient sources. In total, there are 92 argonauts but in the ancient versions, there are 46 to 85 argonauts. The modern versions have fewer heroes.

CrewAbodeParentage and Notes
AcastusPherae or Iolcusson of Pelias and Anaxibia or Phylomache; he joined the Argonauts as a volunteer and at his own accord
ActorPellene, Peloponnesusson of Hippasus
AdmetusPheraeson of Pheres and Periclymene; his flocks they say were pastured by Apollo
AethalidesLarissa, Thessalyson of Hermes and Eupolemeia
AmphiarausArgosson of Oicles and Hypermnestra; he could fit the description of Hyginus “. . . Thestius’ daughter, an Argive.” which could be interpreted as Amphiaraus, son of Oicles and Hypermnestra, Thestius’ daughter and an Argive.
Amphidamas or IphidamasTegea, Arcadiason of Aleus and Cleobule
AmphionPellene, Peloponnesusson of Hyperasius and Hypso or of Hippasus
AncaeusParthenia or Samosson of Poseidon and Astypalaea or Althaea
AncaeusTegea, Arcadiason of Lycurgus and Eurynome or Cleophyle; he went clad in the skin of a Maenalian bear and wielded a huge two-edged battleaxe
AreiusArgosson of Bias and Pero
ArgusArgosson of Arestor or Polybus and Argia or Danaus; builder of Argo
Argusson of Phrixus; builder of the Argo (not to be conflated with Argus the builder by late mythographers because Argus, the son of Phrixus appeared in the later part of the story according to earlier accounts on the Argonauts’ voyage). See Argus below.
ArmenusArmenium, Thessaly
AscalaphusOrchomenusson of Ares and Astyoche; later one of the Suitors of Helen and led the Orchomenians in the Trojan War.
AsclepiusTriccason of Apollo and Coronis or Arsinoe
Asterion or AsteriusPeiresiae, Thessalyson of Cometes and Antigona or of Hyperasius; he was probably conflated by Hyginus with Asterius below when saying Asterion as the son of Hyperasius.
Asterius or Asterion or DeucalionPellene, Peloponnesusson of Hyperasius and Hypso or of Hippasus; in the account of Valerius, Deucalion was the name of the brother of Amphion instead of Asterius.
AtalantaArcadiadaughter of Schoeneus or Iasus; Atalanta is included on the list by Pseudo-Apollodorus, but Apollonius claims that Jason forbade her because she was a woman and could cause strife in the otherwise all-male crew. Other sources state that she was asked, but refused.
AugeasPisa, Elisson of Helios and Nausidame, or Eleios, or Poseidon or Phorbas and Hyrmine
AutolycusThessalyson of Hermes
Azorusthe helmsman of Argo according to Hesychius of Alexandria could be the same as the Azorus mentioned by Stephanus as the founder of the city Azorus in Pelagonia.
ButesAthens (Cecropia)son of Coronus
CalaïsThraceson of Boreas and Oreithyia
CaeneusGyrtonson of Coronus
CanthusChalcis or Cerinthus, Euboeason of Canethus or Abas; as his name appeared in some notes of the book
CastorSpartason of Tyndareus or Zeus and Leda
CepheusTegea, Arcadiason of Aleus and Cleobule
ClymenusPhylace, Thessalypossibly the son of Phylacus and Clymene as the brother of Iphiclus
ClytiusOechaliason of Eurytus and Antiope
CoronusThessalyson of Caeneus
DeucalionCreteson of Minos and Pasiphae
EchionAlopeson of Hermes and Antianeira or Laothoe
Eneusson of Caeneus
ErginusMiletus, Cariason of Poseidon
EribotesOpusson of Teleon
Erytus or EurytusAlopeson of Hermes and Antianeira or Laothoe
EuphemusTaenarus, Peloponesseson of Poseidon and Europe
EuryalusArgosson of Mecisteus
EurydamasCtimene, Dolopiason of Ctimenus or of and Demonassa
EurymedonPhliusson of Dionysus and Ariadne
EurytionOpusson of Irus and Demonassa or Actor
HeraclesThebesson of Zeus and Alcmena
HippalcimusPisa, Elisson of Pelops and Hippodamia
HylasOechalia or Argosson of Theiodamas and Menodice
IalmenusOrchomenusson of Ares and Astyoche
IdasMesseniason of Aphareus and Arene
IdmonArgosson of Apollo or Abas or by Cyrene or Antianeira or of Asteria or of Ampycus
IolausArgosson of Iphicles and Automedusa
IphiclusPhylace, Thessalyson of Phylacus and Clymene
IphiclusAetoliason of Thestius and Leucippe
Iphis or IphitosMycenaeson of Sthenelus
IphisArgosson of Alector
IphitosOechaliason of Eurytus and Antiope
IphitosPhocis or Peloponnesseson of Naubolus or Hippasus
JasonIolcusson of Aeson
Laërtesson of Arcesius and Chalcomedusafather of Odysseus
LaocoonCalydonson of Porthaon and half-brother of Oeneus; tutor of Meleager
LeitusBoeotiason of Alector (Alectryon) and Polybule or of Lacritus and Cleobule or an earthborn, thus a son of Gaea
Leodocus or LaodocusArgosson of Bias and Pero
LynceusMesseniason of Aphareus and Arene
MeleagerCalydonson of Oeneus and Althaea
MenoetiusOpusson of Actor
MopsusTiraresiason of Ampyx and Chloris or Aregonis
NaupliusNaupliason of Clytoneus or of Poseidon and Amymone
NeleusPylosson of Poseidon or Hippocoon
NestorPylosson of Neleus and Chloris
OileusNarycea, Opusson of Hodoedocus (Leodocus) and Agrianome
OrpheusBistonian Pieria, Thraceson of Calliope and Oeagrus
Palaemon or PalaimoniusOlenus, Aulis or Calydonson of Hephaestus or Lernus or Aetolus
PeleusPhthiason of Aeacus and Endeis. Father of Achilles
PeneleosBoeotiason of Hippalmus and Asterope
PericlymenusPylosson of Chloris and Neleus, son of Poseidon
PhalerusAthens, Atticason of Alcon
Phanusson of Dionysus and Ariadne
PhiloctetesMeliboeason of Poeas and Methone or Demonassa
PhliasAraethyrea, Phliusson of Dionysus and Ariadne
PhocusMagnesiason of Caeneus and brother of Priasus
PirithousLarissason of Ixion or Zeus by Dia
PoeasMeliboeason of Thaumacus and father of Philoctetes
PolluxSpartason of Zeus and Leda
PolyphemusLarisason of Elatus and Hippea; one of the Lapiths
PriasusMagnesiason of Caeneus and brother of Phocus
StaphylusPhliusson of Dionysus and Ariadne
TalausArgosson of Bias and Pero
TelamonSalamisson of Aeacus and Endeis. Father of Ajax the Great and Teucer
TheseusTroezenson of Poseidon or Aegeus by Aethra; slayer of the Minotaur; Apollonius claims that Theseus and Pirithous were trapped in the underworld by Hades at the time and could not join. Theseus being on the list is inconsistent with accounts of his life usually including him encountering Medea at an early stage of his adventures, yet many years after the Argonauts completed their adventure (Medea, by that time, was not only abandoned by Jason but also bore a child from Aegeus).
TiphysThespia, Boeotia or Elisson of Hagnias or of Phorbas and Hyrmine
TydeusCalydonson of Oeneus and father of Diomedes
ZetesThraceson of Boreas and Oreithyia

Argonauts that joined the ship during or after the journey.

CrewAbodeParentage and Notes
Argus, Cytissorus, Melas, PhrontisColchissons of Phrixus and Chalciope; They joined the crew only after being rescued by the Argonauts: the four had been stranded on a desert island not far from Colchis, from where they initially sailed with an intent to reach their father’s homeland. However, Argus is not to be confused with the other Argus, son of Arestor or Polybus, constructor and eponym of the ship Argo and member of the crew from the beginning.
Autolycus, Demoleon or Deileon, Phlogius, PhroniusThessalysons of Deimachus
MedeaColchisdaughter of Aeetes; joined when the Fleece was recovered


Wikipedia. The crew of the Argo.

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