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Electra, one of the seven Pleiades

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Electra, a daughter of Atlas and Pleione, was one of the seven Pleiades, and became by Zeus the mother of Jasion and Dardanus (Apollod. iii. 10.1, 12.1, 3). According to a tradition preserved in Servius (ad Aen. i. 32, ii. 325, iii. 104, vii. 207) she was the wife of the Italian king Corythus, by whom she had a son Jasion; whereas by Zeus she was the mother of Dardanus (Comp. Serve. ad Aen. i. 384, iii. 167; Tzetz. ad Lycoph. 29). Diodorus (v. 48) calls Harmonia her daughter by Zeus. She is connected also with the legend about the Palladium. When Electra, it is said, had come as a suppliant to the Palladium, which Athena had established, Zeus or Athena herself threw it into the territory of Ilium, because it had been sullied by the hands of a woman who was no longer a pure maiden, and king Ilus then built a temple to Zeus (Apollod. iii. 12.3). According to others it was Electra herself that brought the Palladium to Ilium, and gave it to her son Dardanus (Schol. ad Eurip. Phoen. 1136). When she saw the city of her son perishing in flames, she tore out her hair for grief and was thus placed among the stars as a comet (Serv. ad Aen. x. 272). According to others, Electra and her six sisters were placed among the stars as the seven Pleiades, and lost their brilliancy on seeing the destruction of Ilium (Serv. ad Virg. Georg. i. 138; Eustath. ad Hom. 1155). The fabulous island of Electris was believed to have received its name from her. (Apollon. Rhod. i. 916)

This text is from: A dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, 1873 (ed. William Smith). Cited Dec 2005 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks



Ilus (Ilos). A son of Dardanus by Bateia, the daughter of Teucer. Ilus died without issue, and left his kingdom to his brother, Erichthonius. (Apollod. iii. 12.1, &c.)



Aenete (Ainete), a daughter of Eusorus. and wife of Aeneas, by whom she had a son, Cyzicus, the founder of the town of this name. (Apollon. Rhod. i. 950; Orph. Argon. 502, where she is called Aenippe)


Beroe, a Trojan woman, married to Doryclus, one of the companions of Aeneas. Iris assumed the appearance of Beroe when she per-suaded the women to set fire to the ships of Aeneas on the coast of Sicily. (Virg. Aen. v. 620, &c.) There are three other mythical personages of this name, concerning whom nothing of interest is related. (Hygin. Fab. 167; Virg. Geory. iv. 341 ; Nonnus, Dionys. xli. 155.)


Creusa, a daughter of Priam and Hecabe, and the wife of Aeneias, who became by her the father of Ascanius and Iulus (Apollod. iii. 12.5). Conon (Narrat. 41) calls her the mother of Anius by Apollo. When Aeneias fled from Troy, she followed him; but she was unable to discover his traces, and disappeared. Aeneias then returned to seek her. She then appeared to him as a shade, consoled him, revealed to him his future fate, and informed him that she was kept back by the great mother of the gods, and was obliged to let him depart alone (Virg. Aen. ii. 725, 738, 752, 769, 775, &c.). In the Lesche of Delphi she was represented by Polygnotus among the captive Trojan women (Paus. x. 26.1).

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