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In Greek mythology, the name Ismenus (Ἰσμηνός) may refer to:

  1. Ismenus, a son of Oceanus and Tethys, god of the river of the same name.[1] Was mentioned as the father of several spring nymphs, including Dirce and Strophia,[2][3] also Crocale.[4] In Statius' Thebaid, the river god Ismenus gets involved in the battle of the Seven Against Thebes: he attempts to raise his waters against Hippomedon in revenge for the death of Crenaeus, son of his daughter Ismenis by Pan, but has to withdraw his attack at the request of Zeus.[5]
  2. Ismenus, a son of Asopus and Metope, eponym of River Ismenus in Boeotia, on the banks of which he settled.[6][7]
  3. Ismenus, one of the Niobids.
  4. Ismenus or Ismenius, son of Apollo and the Oceanid Melia, brother of the seer Tenerus, and an alternate eponym of River Ismenus, which is said to have previously been known as Ladon.[8]


  1. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae, Preface
  2. ^ Nonnus, Dionysiaca, 44. 10
  3. ^ Callimachus, Hymn 4 to Delos, 77
  4. ^ Ovid, Metamorphoses, 3. 169
  5. ^ Statius, Thebaid, 9. 315 - 524
  6. ^ Bibliotheca 3. 12. 6
  7. ^ Diodorus Siculus, Library of History, 4. 72. 1
  8. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 9. 10. 6