Aegiale (wife of Diomedes)
Aegiale or Aegialeia (Greek: Αἰγιάλη or Αἰγιάλεια) is, in Greek mythology, a daughter of Adrastus and Amphithea, or of Aegialeus the son of Adrastus, whence she bears the surname of Adrastine. One account refers to her as Euryaleia. She was married to Diomedes, who, on his return from Troy, found her living in adultery with Cometes. According to some sources, Aegiale had multiple lovers, including a certain Hippolytus. Diomedes attributed this misfortune to the anger of Aphrodite, whom he had wounded in the war against Troy, but when Aegiale went so far as to threaten his life, he fled to Italy. According to Dictys Cretensis, Aegiale, like Clytemnestra, had been seduced to her criminal conduct by a treacherous report, that Diomedes was returning with a Trojan woman who lived with him as his wife, and on his arrival at Argos Aegiale expelled him. In Ovid she is described as the type of a bad wife.
- Homer, Iliad 5. 412
- Bibliotheca 1. 8. § 6, 9. § 13
- Scholia on Iliad, 23. 681
- Eustathius, on Iliad v. p. 566
- Scholia on Iliad, 5. 411
- Tzetzes on Lycophron 610.
- Ovid, Metamorphoses 14. 476, &c.
- Dictys Cretensis, 6. 2
- Ovid, Ibis, 349
- Schmitz, Leonhard (1867), "Aegiale", in Smith, William, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, 1, Boston, p. 25
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Smith, William, ed. (1870). "Aegiale". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.