Pittheus was a son of Pelops and Hippodamia who founded a city that he named for his brother, Troezen. He is said to have taught the art of oratory, and even to have written a book on it. This prompts one to derive his name from peitho, 'to persuade'. Supporters of the ritualist school, however, prefer the origin 'pine god', from pitys, 'pine' and theos, 'god'.