A beggar of Ithaca, remarkable for his large stature and unusual gluttony. His original
name was Arnaeus, but he received that of Irus, as being the messenger of the suitors of
Penelopé. Irus attempted to obstruct the entrance of Odysseus into the palace,
under the mean disguise assumed by the latter on his return home, and in presence of the
whole court challenged him to fight. Odysseus immediately brought him to the ground with a
single blow (Odyss.
xviii. 1 foll.).
The son of Actor and father of Eurydamus and Eurytion. He purified Peleus
(q.v.) after the latter had killed Phocus. During the Calydonian
boar-hunt, Peleus accidentally slew Eurytion.