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 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]

  • Skaði, a Norse winter goddess
  • Perchta, a 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.