In the sagas of Argos he was the son of Apollo and Psamathe, the daughter of the king of Argos. Because Psamathe feared her father's wrath, she gave her son to shepherds to raise him. When he reached maturity, he was torn apart by dogs. Psamathe was killed by her father, and an angered Apollo send a plague to Argos, which killed mainly the children.
In the sagas of Thebes, Linus was the son of Apollo and the Muse Terpsichore. As a skilled singer and musician he taught Orpheus and Heracles, until he reprimanded Heracles for his mistakes, and was killed by him.