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For other uses, see Aethusa (disambiguation).

Aethusa (Gr. Αἵθουσα) was in Greek mythology a daughter of Poseidon and Alcyone, who was beloved by Apollo, and bore to him Eleuther.[1][2][3]

The word aethusa was used as an epithet for a portico that was open to the sun, that is, Apollo.[4]

According to Pliny's Naturalis Historia, Aethusa is also the eponym of the Italian island which is now called Linosa


  1. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca, 3. 10. § 3
  2. ^ Pausanias, 9. 20. ,§ 2
  3. ^ Schmitz, Leonhard (1870). "Aethusa". In Smith, William. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 1. Boston, MA. p. 51. 
  4. ^ Jebb, Richard Claverhouse (1887). Homer: An Introduction to the Iliad and the Odyssey. Glasgow: James Maclehose and Sons. 

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "article name needed". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.