). A king of Scyros, an island in the Aegean
Sea, son of Apollo and Parthenopé. He was secretly intrusted with the care of young
Achilles, whom his mother Thetis had disguised in feminine attire to prevent his going to the
Trojan War, where she knew he must perish. (See Achilles
.) Lycomedes rendered himself infamous for his treachery to Theseus, who had
implored his protection when driven from the throne of Athens by the usurper Mnestheus.
Lycomedes, as it is reported, either envious of the fame of his illustrious guest, or bribed
by the emissaries of Mnestheus, led Theseus to an elevated place on pretence of showing him
the extent of his dominions, and perfidiously threw him down a precipice, where he was killed.
According to another account, however, his fall was accidental (Thes.;
i. 17; vii. 4; Apollod. iii. 13
). See Theseus