Cephalus, in Greek mythology, was the son of Hermes and Herse, daughter of Cecrops, king of Athens. Artemis (Diana) had gifted him a javelin that never missed, and a hunting dog named Laelaps that always caught its prey. According to Hesiod’s Theogony, he was beloved by the goddess Dawn (Eos, or Aurora), who carried him off to live with her on Mount Olympus. After their erotic adventure, Cephalus ended up on an island where he eventually stayed and became the ruler of the area. The island was named after him as Cephallenia, Cephalonia or Kefallonia and he was linked with the ancestry of Odysseus.