Legendary son of Aphareus, king of Messenia, brother of Lynkeus (the pair are called Apharetidai). They are rivals of the Dioskouroi - for their brides (the Leukippidai), in archery and cattle-stealing. They took part in the Argonaut expedition and the Calydonian Boar Hunt. Idas fights with Apollo who coveted his bride, Marpessa.
Above: Idas and the Dioskouroi. Limestone metope from Sicyonian treasury at Delphi. John Boardman Greek Sculpture. The Archaic Period Fig 208.2 © John Boardman.