Abas or Abante was a figure in Greek mythology and the 12th king of Argos who ascended the throne in 1383 BC. He was the son of Hypermnestra, the last of the Danaids, and Linceu. According to legend, he is said to have founded the city of Abas, in Phocida, in the central region of present-day Greece.
He married Aglaia, daughter of Mantineus, and had two sons, Acrisius and Black, rival twins who would come to repeat the saga of their ancestors Egypt and Dadanao. He also had a daughter, Idomene, who married Amiton; as well as an illegitimate son, Lircus, who was said to have been the founder of Lirceia, in the Peloponnese.
He is said to have been such a feared warrior that the enemies of his royal house were terrified, even after his death, just at the sight of his shield. He was an ancestor of Perseus.
He was the successor in Argos of Linceus, reigned for 23 years, and was succeeded in 1360 B.C., according to Jerome of Stridus, by Black.
By Jerome's calculations, during his reign:
In the second year, Phrixo and Hele fled from Greece to Asia In the ninth year, Seto became pharaoh, the first of the nineteenth dynasty of Egypt In the ninth year, Cadmium was expelled from Thebes, and Amphion and Zeto came to rule In the tenth year, the events of the legend of Procne and Philomela occur In the fourteenth year, the Eumolpus war takes place In the seventeenth year, the seer Melampo became known In the nineteenth year, Tros began his reign in Dardania In the twenty-second year, in Delphi, the prophetess Femonoé was the first to sing the future in hexameter verses