), a surname or epithet of several gods. Aeschylus (Aesch. Ag. 513
) and Sophocles (Soph. Trach. 26
) use it of Apollo and Zeus, and apparently in the sense of helpers in struggles and contests. (Comp. Eustath. ad Il.
p. 1335.) But Agonius is more especially used as a surname of Hermes, who presides over all kinds of solemn contests. (Ἀγώνες
, Paus. 5.14.7
; Pind. O. 6.133
, with the Schol.)