In Greek mythology, Periphas was

  • A son of Oeneus. (Anton. Lib. 2 ; comp. oeneus.)

  • A son of Lapithes in Thessaly. (Diod. iv. 69, v. 61 ; comp. lapithes.)

  • One of the. Lapithae. (Ov. Met. xii. 449.)

  • An Attic autochthon, previous to the time of Cecrops, was a priest of Apollo, and on account of his virtues he was made king ; but as he was honoured to the same extent as Zeus, the latter wished to destroy him. At the request of Apollo, however, Zeus metamorphosed him into an eagle, and his wife likewise into a bird. (Anton. Lib. 6 ; Ov. Met. vii. 400.)

  • A son of the Aetolian Ochesius, fell by the hand of Ares in the Trojan war. (Homer. Iliad. v. 842.)

  • A son of Epytus, and a herald of Aeneias. (Homer. Iliad. xvii. 323.)

  • A Greek who took part in the destruction of Troy. (Virg. Aen. ii. 476.)

Periphas A son of the Aetolian Ochesius

Diomedes (with Pallas Athene) and Ares with Periphas

Saying this, Athena grabbed Sthenelus' hand
and hauled him from the chariot to the ground.  
He jumped up at once. The goddess climbed up eagerly
beside lord Diomedes in the chariot.
The oaken axle groaned aloud, weighed down, 
bearing the fearful goddess and the finest man.
Pallas Athena took up the reins and whip.    
First, she led the sure-footed horses straight at Ares.
He was removing armour from huge Periphas,
Ochesius' fine son, by far the best of the Aetolians.
Blood-stained Ares was stripping him of all his weapons.
Then Athena put Hades' helmet on her head, 
so she would be invisible to mighty Ares.  
But man-killing Ares did see Diomedes.  
He let the body of huge Periphas lie there,  
where he'd first killed him and ripped out his spirit.
He strode directly to horse-taming Diomedes.

Homer Iliad 5

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