With his first wife Nephele (not to be confused with Nephele , the cloud) he has two children: Phrixos and Helle . With his second wife Ino he has the children Learchos and Melikertes . Out of hatred of her two stepchildren, Ino first manipulates the harvest, then the messenger who is sent to the oracle of Delphi to inquire about the reason for the bad harvests. On her instruction, the messenger reports that the gods can only be made merciful by sacrificing Phrixus to Zeus . However, Phrixos and Helle are kidnapped and saved by his mother in time.
Hera later places a curse on Athamas, so that he kills his son Learchus in a delusional state. Ino and Melikertes flee and throw themselves into the sea.
Athamas has to leave Boeotia, but after a long wandering settles down and marries Themisto , the daughter of Hypseus . With her he had the sons Leukon , Erythrios , Schoineus , Ptoos , Sphingios and Orchomenos .
- Konrad Seeliger : Athamas 1) . In: Wilhelm Heinrich Roscher (Hrsg.): Detailed lexicon of Greek and Roman mythology . Volume 1.1, Leipzig 1886, Col. 669-675 ( version ).
- Athamas in Greek Myth Index (English)
- Photos of depictions of Athamas and Ino in art, in the Warburg Institute Iconographic Database