In Greek mythology, Alcinous Greek Αλκίνοος (also transliterated as Alkinoos) was a son of Nausithous and father of Nausicaa and Laodamas with Arete. His name literally means "Mighty mind."
He was King of the Phaeacians on Scheria (modern Corfu) and welcomed both Odysseus who had been shipwrecked on his shore and the Argonauts. Much of the Odyssey is Odysseus telling of his adventures to King Alcinous.
His palace was guarded by golden dogs who never slept, constructed by Hephaestus.
Homer's description of the Garden of Alcinous, from the Odyssey, is one of the oldest textual descriptions of a garden.
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