Crete (mythology)

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King Minos is related to several women named Crete. One was his queen, another was his granddaughter.

In Greek mythology, the name Crete (Κρήτη) may refer to several figures, all of whom are associated with the homonymous island of Crete, and may have been considered its eponyms:

  • Crete, one of the Hesperides and another possible eponym of Crete.[1]
  • Crete, daughter of one of the Cretan Curetes, who married Ammon. She was actually said to have given her name to the island Crete, which was believed to have previously been called Idaea.[2]
  • Crete, possible mother of Pasiphaë by Helios.[3]
  • Crete, daughter of Asterion (Asterius), who married Minos, in one version.[4]
  • Crete, daughter of Deucalion (son of Minos), sister of Idomeneus and half-sister of Molus.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stephanus of Byzantium s. v. Krētē
  2. ^ Diodorus Siculus, Library of History, 3. 71. 2
  3. ^ Diodorus Siculus, Library of History, 4. 60. 4
  4. ^ Asclepiades of Tragilus in Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca, 3. 1. 2.
  5. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 3. 3. 1