Niobe (daughter of Phoroneus)

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In Greek mythology, Niobe (Ancient Greek: Νιόβη) was a daughter of Phoroneus and the mother by Zeus of Argus, who was the eponym of Argos[1] and sometimes, Pelasgus. She is not to be confused with the more famous Niobe, who was punished for boasting that she had more children than Leto.[2] According to Pausanias, the Argives of his day said that she had a daughter named Meliboea, later called Chloris, a statue of whom Praxiteles had crafted for the Sanctuary of Leto in Argos.[3]


  1. ^ Bibliotheca 2.1.12; cf. Plato, Timaeus 22a.
  2. ^ West (1985, p. 98).
  3. ^ Pausanias 2.21.89; cf. Smith (1867, s.v. Niobe 2).


  • Smith, G. (1867), Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, London .
  • West, M.L. (1985), The Hesiodic Catalogue of Women: Its Nature, Structure, and Origins, Oxford, ISBN 0198140347 .