Rhene (mythology)

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In Greek mythology, Rhene (Ῥήνη) was a nymph of Mount Cyllene.[1] She was a paramour of Oileus and mother of his son Medon,[2][3] although some suggest that Oileus fathered Medon with Alcimache.[4] In one source, Rhene is given as the mother of Oileus' another son, Ajax the Lesser, as well,[5] though the latter is more commonly said to be the son of Oileus' legitimate wife Eriopis.[6]

Rhene was also a lover of Hermes and mother by him of Saon (or Samon) of Samothrace.[1][7]


  1. ^ a b Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Roman Antiquities, 1. 61. 3
  2. ^ Homer, Iliad, 2. 728
  3. ^ Tzetzes, Homeric Allegories, Prologue, 613
  4. ^ Scholia on Iliad, 13. 694
  5. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae, 97
  6. ^ Homer, Iliad, 13. 697 with scholia
  7. ^ Diodorus Siculus, Library of History, 5. 48. 2