Coronis (mythology)

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There are several characters in Greek mythology by the name Coronis (Κορωνίς, -ίδος "crow" or "raven"). These include:

  • Coronis, one of the Hyades.
  • Coronis, daughter of King Coronaeus of Phocis who fled from Poseidon and was changed into a crow by Athena.[1]
  • Coronis, a Maenad who was raped by Butes of Thrace. Dionysus made the offender throw himself down a well.[2]
  • Coronis, daughter of Phlegyas, King of the Lapiths, was one of Apollo's lovers. While Apollo was away, Coronis, already pregnant with Asclepius, fell in love with Ischys, son of Elatus. A white raven which Apollo had left to guard her informed him of the affair and Apollo, enraged that the bird had not pecked out Ischys' eyes as soon as he approached Coronis, flung a curse upon it so furious that it scorched its feathers, which is why all ravens are black. Apollo sent his sister, Artemis, to kill Coronis because he could not bring himself to. Afterward Apollo, feeling dejected, only regained his presence of mind when Coronis' body was already aflame on a funeral pyre. Upon a sign from Apollo, Hermes cut the unborn child out of her womb and gave it to the centaur Chiron to raise. Hermes then brought her soul to Tartarus.[3][4][5][6][7][8]
  • Coronis, one of the sacrificial victims of Minotaur.
  • A vessel with raised ends, like a crescent.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ovid, Metamorphoses, 2. 542 ff
  2. ^ Diodorus Siculus, Library of History, 5. 50. 5
  3. ^ Bibliotheca 3. 10. 3
  4. ^ Pindar, Pythian Ode 3
  5. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae 202
  6. ^ Ovid, Fasti, 1. 291 ff
  7. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 2. 26. 6
  8. ^ Homeric Hymn 3 to Apollo, 209
  9. ^ Intelligence, Military (December 1785). "Concerning the Character of Aesculapius". Memoirs of the Medical Society of London. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 

External links[edit]

Images of Coronis, the love of Apollo, and Coronis, the love of Neptune, in the Warburg Institute Iconographic Database