Argive River God


Mercury and Io by Willem Ossenbeeck

Mercury and Io by Willem Ossenbeeck (1632)



Inachus, son of Oceanus and Tethys, was a Greek river god who gave his name to the chief river of the Argolid.

Inachus was one of the most important figures in the early mythology of Argos. It was Inachus who chose Hera over Poseidon as patron of the city, and he was often credited as the ancestor of the mythical kings of Argos. 

Inachus was also the father (at least in most accounts) of Io, one of Zeus’ many lovers. Due to the jealousy of Zeus’ wife Hera, Io was transformed into a cow and pursued across the world by a vicious gadfly.[1]