Chione (daughter of Boreas)

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In Greek mythology, Chione (/kˈn/;[1] Ancient Greek: Χιόνη Khione from χιών chiōn, "snow")[2] was the daughter of Boreas, the god of the north wind, and Orithyia a daughter of Erechtheus, king of Athens.

Chione killed with an arrow supported by her two sons

Chione was the sister of Cleopatra (wife of Phineus, king of Thrace) and the Argonauts, Calaïs and Zetes.[3] According to a late, though generally accepted tradition, Chione was the mother of Poseidon's son Eumolpus whom she threw into the ocean for fear of her father's reaction; however, Eumolpus is rescued and raised by Poseidon.[4]

See also[edit]

  • Perchta, a pagan Germanic winter goddess


  1. ^ Avery, Catherine B., ed. (1962). New Century Classical Handbook. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts. p. 279.
  2. ^ Liddell and Scott, s.v. χιών.
  3. ^ Tripp, s.v. Chione (2), p. 161, s.v. Eumolpus, p. 237; Grimal, s.v. Chione, p. 101; Smith, s.v. Chione 1.; Apollodorus, 3.15.2, 1.9.21; Pausanias, 1.38.2; Hyginus, Fabulae 157.
  4. ^ Tripp, s.v. Eumolpus, p. 237; Grimal, s.v. Eumolpus, p. 155; Smith, s.v. Eumolpus; Apollodorus, 3.15.4; Pausanias, 1.38.2. For other traditions regarding Eumolpus' parentage see Frazer's note 1 to Apollodorus 3.15.4.