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Lysippe is also a polychaete worm genus; see Lysippe (worm).

Lysippe[pronunciation?] (Λυσίππη) is the name of several different women in Greek mythology:

  1. Lysippe, daughter of Thespius and Megamede. She bore Heracles a son, Erasippus.[1]
  2. Lysippe, the Amazon mother of the river god Tanais.[2][3]
  3. Lysippe, the daughter of Proetus and Stheneboea. Along with her sisters Iphinoe and Iphianassa, she was driven mad, believing herself to be a cow. This was either because they would not receive the rites of Dionysus, or they scorned the divinity of Hera. They also lost their beauty: they were afflicted with skin diseases and their hair dropped out. They were cured by Melampus, the son of Amythaon.[4]
  4. Lysippe, wife of Prolaus of Elis.[5]
  5. Lysippe, mother of Teuthras the Mysian king. Her son killed a sacred boar of Artemis during hunt and was driven mad by the angry goddess. Lysippe then went out in the woods, seeking to find out what had happened to her son. Eventually she learned about the goddess' wrath from the seer Polyidus; she then sacrificed to the goddess to propitiate her, and Teuthras' sanity was restored.[6]
  6. Lysippe, possible name for the wife of Talaus.[7]


  1. ^ Apollodorus, Library 2.7.8
  2. ^ Pseudo-Plutarch, On Rivers, 14
  3. ^ Grimal, p. 431
  4. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Library 2.2.2; Hesiod, Catalogues of Women, Fragment 18 (1914 Loeb edition)
  5. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 5. 2. 4
  6. ^ Pseudo-Plutarch, On Rivers, 21. 4
  7. ^ Scholia on Plato, p. 419 ed. Bekker (937, 26 ed. Baiter)