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In Greek mythology, Idyia (Ancient Greek: Ἰδυῖα) or Eidyia (Ancient Greek: Εἰδυῖα; /ˈd.ə/) was a daughter of Oceanus and Tethys,[1] and queen to Aeëtes, king of Colchis.[2] She was the mother of Medea, Chalciope and Absyrtus.[3][4][5][6] According to Apollonius of Rhodes, she was the youngest of the Oceanides.[7] Her name means "the knowing one" derived from the Greek word εἴδω (eídō) meaning "to see" or "to know".


  1. ^ Hesiod, Theogony, 352
  2. ^ Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica, 3.241–244, 269.
  3. ^ Hesiod, Theogony, 960.
  4. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, 1.9.23.
  5. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae, 25
  6. ^ Accounts vary on the name of Absyrtus' mother, and only Apollodorus (1.9.23) seems to consider him full brother of Medea; see Absyrtus.
  7. ^ Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica, 3.243–244.


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  • Apollonius of Rhodes, Apollonius Rhodius: the Argonautica, translated by Robert Cooper Seaton, W. Heinemann, 1912. Internet Archive.
  • Hesiod, Theogony, in The Homeric Hymns and Homerica with an English Translation by Hugh G. Evelyn-White, Cambridge, Massachusetts.,Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1914.
  • Hyginus, Gaius Julius, The Myths of Hyginus. Edited and translated by Mary A. Grant, Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 1960.