In Greek mythology, Telephus (/ˈtɛlɪfəs/; Greek: Τήλεφος, Tēlephos, "far-shining")[2] was the son of Heracles and Auge, who was the daughter of king Aleus of Tegea. He was adopted by Teuthras, the king of Mysia, in Asia Minor, whom he succeeded as king. Telephus was wounded by Achilles when the Achaeans came to his kingdom on their way to sack Troy and bring Helen back to Sparta, and later healed by Achilles. He was the father of Eurypylus, who fought alongside the Trojans against the Greeks in the Trojan War. Telephus' story was popular in ancient Greek and Roman iconography and tragedy. Telephus' name and mythology were possibly derived from the Hittite god Telepinu.[3]

Heracles with the infant Telephus and deer, mid second century AD. Paris, Louvre MA 75.[1]