Helike (mythology)

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In Greek mythology, Helike (/ˈhɛlk/; Greek: Ἑλίκη, pronounced [heˈlikɛː], modern Greek pronunciation: [eˈlici]) was a name of several women. One was a nymph and one was a Queen of Chios.

List of Helikes[edit]

Zeus’ nurse[edit]

Helike nurtured god Zeus in his infancy on Crete.[1]

Her name suggests that she was a "willow-nymph", just as there were oak-tree nymphs and ash-nymphs (Dryads and Meliae).

It is likely that she is the same as Ide.

Ursa Major[edit]

Helike was in antiquity a common proper name for the constellation Ursa Major.[2]


Queen Helike was a wife of King Oenopion of Chios and their children were:

Wife of Ion[edit]

This Helike was a wife of a man called Ion and mother of woman called Bura.

Ion built the city and named it after his wife. They were wed by Selinus.


  1. ^ Aratus, Phaenomena 27
  2. ^ Aratus, Phaenomena, translation by A. W. Mair, G. R. Loeb
  3. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 7. 4. 8