, son of Ares
, King of the Lapiths
in Greek mythology
was father of Ixion
, one of Apollo
's lovers. Pregnant with Asclepius
, Coronis fell in love with Ischys
, son of Elatus
. A crow informed Apollo of the affair and he sent his sister, Artemis, to kill Coronis. Apollo rescued the baby though and gave it to the centaur Chiron
to raise. Phlegyas was irate and torched the Apollonian temple at Delphi
and Apollo killed him.
Phlegyas was condemned to act as ferryman for the souls that cross the Styx, one of the four rivers of Hades.
In the Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, Phlegias helps Virgil and Dante to cross that river.
Phlegyas was the mythical ancestor of the Phlegyans.