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In Greek mythology, the name Polymela or Polymele (Ancient Greek: Πολυμήλη "many songs", derived from polys, "many" and melos "song") may refer to the following figures:

  • Polymele, daughter of Autolycus and one of the possible mothers of Jason.[1]
  • Polymele, daughter of Peleus and one of the possible mothers of Patroclus by Menoetius, the other two being Sthenele and Periopis;[2] some refer to her as "Philomela".[3]
  • Polymele, mother of Calchas by Thestor.[4]
  • Polymele, daughter of Phylas and wife of Echecles. She was loved by Hermes, who spotted her while she was performing a ritual dance in honor of Artemis, and had by him a son Eudorus.[5]
  • Polymele, daughter of Aeolus. When Odysseus visited their island,[6] he fell in love with her and lay with her secretly. Soon after the guest's departure, Aeolus discovered his daughter crying over some spoils from Troy which Odysseus had given to her as presents. Outraged, he was about to exact vengeance upon Polymele, but his son Diores, who was in love with his own sister, intervened and implored Aeolus to marry her to him, to which Aeolus consented.[7]

See also 15094 Polymele, a Trojan asteroid.


  1. ^ Hesiod, Catalogue of Women fr. 38.
  2. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 3. 13. 8
  3. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae, 97
  4. ^ Tzetzes, Homeric Allegories, Prologue, 639
  5. ^ Homer, Iliad, 16. 179
  6. ^ See Homer, Odyssey, 10. 1 ff and Diodorus Siculus, Library of History, 5. 7. 7
  7. ^ Parthenius, Love Romances, 2