Αλκων

A Cretan archer and companion of Heracles. His arrows never missed their mark: he could make them go through rings placed on a man's head and could split an arrow in half by striking a blade set up as a target. One day, when his son had been attacked by a snake, Alcon put an arrow through it, without hurting the child.

This latter story was also told about the father of Phalerus, one of the Argonauts. Phalerus' father, an Athenian, and a son of Erechtheus, was also called Alcon and the two heroes were frequently confused (see Table 11).

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Table of Sources:
- Val. Flacc. Arg. 1, 398ff.
- Serv. on Virgil, Ecl. 5, 11
- Manil. 5, 305ff.
- Apoll. Rhod. Arg. 1, 95ff.
- Hyg. Fab. 14

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