Iapyx removing an arrowhead from the leg of Aeneas, with Aeneas's son, Ascanius (or Iulus), crying beside him.

In Greek and Roman mythology, Iapyx (from Greek Ἰάπυξ, gen.: Ἰάπυγος), Iapux or Iapis was a favourite of Apollo. The god wanted to confer upon him the gift of prophecy, the lyre, etc.; but Iapyx, wishing to prolong the life of his father, preferred the more tranquil art of healing to all the others.[1]

Virgil's Aeneid (XII: 391-402) relates that Iapyx was Aeneas's healer during the Trojan War and then escaped to Italy after the war, founding Apulia.

His descent is unclear. He was either:

Iapyx is also the name of a minor Greek wind god, the north-west or west-north-west wind.


  1. 1 2  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Leonhard Schmitz, Leonhard (1870). "Iapis". In Smith, William. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 2. p. 550.
  2. Anton. Lib. 31.
  3. Harry Thurston Peck, Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities (1898), Servius ad Aeneidos iii. 332).
  4. Strabo vi.; Athen. xii.; Herod. vii. 170; Heyne, ad Virg. Aen. xi. 247.

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