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, Lycus, Hyperenor, and Aethusa;[2] Hyperes and Anthas;[3] Glaucus;[4] and Epopeus.[5][6] There are various etymological interpretations of her name's origin.[7]


  1. ^ Schmitz, Leonhard (1867). "Alcyone (1)". In William Smith. 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. ^ Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae vii
  5. ^ Gaius Julius Hyginus Praef. Fab. p. 11, ed. Staveren
  6. ^ Ovid, Heroides xix. 133
  7. ^ Alcyone at


  • M. Grant and J. Hazel, Who's Who in Greek Mythology, David McKay and Co Inc, 1979
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