In Greek mythology, Eurytus is the name of numerous characters
King Eurytus, or Eurýtos of Oechalia (Oikhalia), Thessaly, was the son of Melaneus and Stratonice. He had four sons - Iphitus, Clytius, Toxeus and Dion - and a beautiful daughter Iole. A late legend also attributes Eurytus as the son of Dryope.
According to Homer, Eurytus became so proud of his archery skills that he challenged Apollo. The god killed Eurytus for his presumption, and Eurytus' bow was passed to Iphitus, who later gave the bow to his friend Odysseus. It was this bow that Odysseus used to killed the Suitors who had wanted to take his wife, Penelope.
A more familiar version Eurytus' death involves a feud with Heracles. Eurytus promised the hand of his daughter Iole to whoever who could defeat him and his sons in an archery contest. Heracles won the archery contest, but Eurytus reneged on his promise, fearing that Heracles would go mad and kill any children he had with Iole, just as he has slew the children he had with Megara.
Heracles left in anger, and soon after twelve of Eurytus' mares were stolen. Some have written that Heracles stole the mares himself, while others have said Autolycus stole the mares and sold them to Heracles.
In the search for the mares, Iphitus, who was convinced of Heracles' innocene, invited Heracles to help and stayed as Heracles' guest at Tiryns. Heracles invited Iphitus to the top of the palace walls and, in a fit of anger, threw Iphitus to his death. For this crime, Heracles was forced to serve the Lydian queen Omphale as a slave for either one or three years.
After Heracles had married Deianeira, he returned to Oechalia with an army. Revenge-driven, Heracles sacked the city and killed Eurytus and his sons, then took Iole as his concubine. The act eventually led to Heracles' own death, as Deianeira, fearing that Heracles loved Iole more, gave Heracles a robe smeared with the blood of the Centaur Nessus, believing it was a love-charm. The blood was actually a poison and the robe ate into Heracles' flesh.
The son of Poseidon
Eurytus was one of the twin sons of Molio, by either Poseidon or Actor. His brother was Cteatus. They were called the Molionides.
The son of Hermes
Nor at Alope stayed the sons of Hermes, rich in corn-land, well skilled in craftiness, Erytus and Echion, and with them on their departure their kinsman Aethalides went as the third; Apollonius Rhodes
The father of Hippasus
Eurytus was the father of Hippasus, one of the men who hunted the Calydonian Boar .
The son of Hippocoon
Eurytus from Elis
Eurytus was the Greek leader of the Edeans and Taphians during the Trojan War . He was killed by Eurypylus.
Eurytus the Ethiopian
Eurytus the Carian King
Eurytus was the king of Caria and the father of Eidothea .
Eurytus, the Giant
Eurytus, Father of Clonus
Eurytus was the father of Clonus .
See also Eurytus of Sparta