), the eldest, but natural son of Oebalus and Bateia, and a stepbrother of Tyndareus, Icarius and Arene, at Sparta.
After his father's death, Hippocoon expelled his brother Tyndareus, in order to secure the kingdom to himself; but Heracles led Tyndareus back, and slew Hippocoon and his sons. (Paus. 3.1
§ 4, 14.6, &c., 15.2, &c.; Apollod. 2.7.3
; Diod. 4.33
The number and names of Hippocoon's sons are different in the different writers: Apollodorus mentions twelve, Diodorus ten, and Pausanias only six. Ovid (Ov. Met. 8.314
) mentions the sons of Hippocoon among the Calydonian hunters.
There are four other mythical personages of the name of Hippocoon. (Hyg. Fab. 10
; Hom. Il. 10.518
; Verg. A. 5.492