Ioke (mythology)

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In Greek mythology, Ioke (Ἰωκή) was the spirit and personification of pursuit. In the Iliad, she is one of several warlike personifications portrayed on Athena's aegis, other ones being Phobos, Eris and Alke, alongside the head of Medusa.[1]

The Ancient Greek word ἰωκή is a rare doublet for διωκή "rout, pursuit", from the common verb διώκω "drive, pursue, chase away".[2]


  1. ^ Homer, Iliad, 5. 738 ff
  2. ^ H. G. Liddel, R. Scott. A Greek-English Lexicon. 10th edition with a revised supplement. Oxford, Clarendon press, 1996, p. 847

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