Magnes was the son of Zeus and Thyia, daughter of Deucalion and brother of Makednos. In Apollodorus' Bibliotheca, Magnes was placed in the later generation of the Deucalionides, for this time he was the son of Aeolus and Enarete and brother to Aeolian progenitors: Cretheus, Sisyphus, Athamas, Salmoneus, Deion, Perieres, Canace, Alcyone, Pisidice, Calyce and Perimede.
He married an unnamed naiad that bore him Dictys and Polydectes. The mother and the sons later emigrated and colonized the island of Seriphos. Polydectes became king of the island while his brother Dictys, a fisherman would later receive Danae and her son Perseus.
The scholiast of Euripides called Magnes' wife as Philodice and his sons Eurynomus and Eioneus. Otherwise, Eustathius named his wife as a certain Meliboea and mentions one son, Alector and adds that Magnes called the town of Meliboea, at the foot of mount Pelion, after his wife, and the country of Magnesia after his own name.
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