Batea of Troad

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In Greek mythology, the name Batea or Bateia (/bəˈtə/; Ancient Greek: Βάτεια) was the daughter or (less commonly) the aunt of King Teucer.[1][2]


Batia's father was the ruler of a tribe known as the Teucrians (Teucri).[3][4] The Teucrians inhabited the area of northwest Asia Minor later called the Troad (Troas), and the term is sometimes used as another name for the Trojans[citation needed]. Batea married King Dardanus, son of Zeus and Electra, whom Teucer named as his heir.[3] Batea gave her name to a hill in the Troad, mentioned in the Iliad,[5] as well as to the town of Bateia.[6] By Dardanus, Batea was the mother of Ilus, Erichthonius, Zacynthus.[3][7] In some accounts, Arisbe of Crete, a daughter of Teucer, as the wife of Dardanus,[8] so Arisbe and Batea are usually assumed to be the same person.[citation needed] According to another version of the myth, Batia was the daughter of Tros instead of Teucer.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Stephanus of Byzantium s. v. Dardanus
  2. ^ Tzetzes on Lycophron, 29, where she is called sister of Scamander, who was the father of Teucer by Idaea
  3. ^ a b c Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 3.12.1
  4. ^ Conon, Narrations 21
  5. ^ Homer, Iliad 2.813; the hill was known as the tomb of Batea to the mortals, but as that of Myrina to the immortals
  6. ^ Arrian in Eustathius on Homer, 351
  7. ^ Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Antiquitates Romanae 1.50.3
  8. ^ Tzetzes on Lycophron, 1298