Alcyone (Pleiades)

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Alcyone (/ælˈs.ən/; Ancient Greek Ἁλκυόνη Αlkuónē, derived from alkyon αλκυων "kingfisher"), in Greek mythology, was the name of one of the Pleiades, daughters of Atlas and Pleione or, more rarely, Aethra.[1] She attracted the attention of the god Poseidon and bore him several children, variously named in the sources: Hyrieus, Hyperenor, and Aethusa;[2] Hyperes and Anthas;[3] and Epopeus.[4][5] By a mortal, Anthedon, Alcyone became the mother of the fisherman Glaucus, who was later transformed into a marine god.[6] There are various etymological interpretations of her name's origin.[7]

Comparative table of Alcyone's family
Relation Names Sources
Apollodorus Ovid Hyginus Pausanias Athenaeus Clement
Parentage Atlas and Pleione
Atlas and Aethra
Consort Poseidon
Anthedon
Children Aethusa
Hyrieus
Hyperenor
Epopeus
Hyperes
Anthas
Glaucus

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Schmitz, Leonhard (1867). "Alcyone (1)". In William Smith (ed.). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 1. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. p. 108. Archived from the original on 2008-06-04.
  2. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus. Bibliotheca, Book 3.10.1
  3. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece ii. 30. § 7
  4. ^ Gaius Julius Hyginus Praef. Fab. p. 11, ed. Staveren
  5. ^ Ovid, Heroides xix. 133
  6. ^ Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae vii
  7. ^ Alcyone at Theoi.com

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