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In Greek mythology, the name Iphthime[pronunciation?] (Ἰφθίμη) refers to:

  • Iphthime, daughter of Icarius, a sister of Penelope and Perileos, wife of Eumelus from Pherae. In Homer's Odyssey,[1] Athena creates an image in Iphthime's likeness and sends this to a sleeping Penelope. This image conveys encouragement to Penelope after the latter confides in it her worries for her husband Odysseus and her son Telemachus. Scholiasts on Homer inform that she was also known under several other names: Hypsipyle, Mede, Laodice or Laodamia, and that her mother was Asterodia.[2]
  • Iphthime, daughter of Dorus, mother of the Satyrs Lycus, Pherespondus and Pronomus by Hermes.[3]


  1. ^ Homer, Odyssey, 4. 797-838
  2. ^ Scholia on Homer, Odyssey, 1. 275-277 & 4. 797
  3. ^ Nonnus, Dionysiaca, 14. 114

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