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Ancient Greek Women

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Ancient Greek Women
The heroines and villains, the strong women, the weak women, those who performed good deeds and those who were famous for their bad deeds. In these old stories a woman was usually defined by either her beauty, her wits or whether her actions helped or hindered the heroes of legend and mythology.

List of Famous Ancient Greek Women
The following list contains the names of many famous Ancient Greek Women who featured in the legends from classical mythology and include Goddesses, Nymphs, Mortals, Amazons, Heroines, Villains and Female Monsters:

  • The Amazons were a nation of fierce women warriors who burned off the right breast in order to use a bow and arrow more effectively.

  • Alcmene was a lover of Zeus

  • Andromeda was chained to a rock and exposed to a sea monster but was rescued by Perseus

  • Antigone was the daughter of King Oedipus who disobeyed her father and was condemned to death

  • Antiope was a lover of Zeus who seduced her in the guise of a satyr.

  • Aphrodite was the goddess of love, beauty and passion.

  • Ariadne was the wife of the god Dionysus

  • Artemis was the goddess of the hunt and the moon, she was also known as the Virgin goddess

  • Atalanta was the mortal who arranged a competition with her suitors and was won by Hippomenes

  • Athena was the goddess of wisdom, spinning and weaving

  • Calypso was a Nymph who detained Ulysses on Ogygia seven years

  • Cassandra was the daughter of the Trojan king Priam, whose prophecies were disbelieved.

  • Ceto was the mother of monsters

  • Circe was the sorceress who changes Ulyssesí men into swine

  • Clymene was a female demigod and the daughter of the Titan gods Oceanus and Tethys and the mother of Atlas and Prometheus.

  • Clytemnestra was a sister of Helen of Troy and the wife of Agamemnon

  • Danae was a lover of Zeus and mother of Perseus

  • Demeter was the goddess of nature and a sister of Zeus

  • Dione was one of the Oceanides, a descendent of the Titans, and a lover of Zeus, they had a daughter, Aphrodite the goddess of love.

  • The Dryads & Hamadryads were the nymphs of the wood

  • The maiden who talked too much

  • Electra was the daughter of Agamemnon who saved Orestes

  • Eileithyia was a daughter of Zeus and Hera

  • The Furies (Erinyes) were three sisters who inflicted tortures and punishments on behalf of Hades

  • Eris was the Goddess of discord

  • Europa was a fair maiden who fell in love with Cadmus

  • The Fates were three goddesses, Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos, who presided over the destiny of beings

  • The Furies (aka Erinyes) were three sisters who inflicted tortures and punishments on behalf of Hades

  • Gaia, or Gaea, was known as Earth or Mother Earth and was born from Chaos. The Titans and the Giants or Gigantes were born from her union with Uranus (the sky). The sea-gods were born from her union with Pontus (the sea).

  • The Gorgons were three sisters who had serpents instead of hair

  • The Graeae (Gray Witches) were three sisters who had to share just one eye and one tooth among them and featured in the myth of Perseus.

  • The three Graces were daughters of Aphrodite and goddesses who presided over the banquet, the dance, and all social enjoyments. Mount Olympus home of the gods

  • The Hamadryads were the nymphs of the wood

  • Harmonia was the daughter of Zeus and Electra and was the wife of Cadmus. The gods turned Harmonia into a serpent.

  • The Harpies were winged monsters with the bodies of birds and the heads and bodies of women
    Hebe was the daughter of Hera and Zeus and the goddess of youth. Her brothers were Hephaestus and Ares. She married Heracles (Hercules) after he became a god.

  • Hecate was a goddess of the Underworld and protector of witches

  • Helen of Troy was the daughter of the Greek god Zeus and Leda. She married Menelaus the, king of Sparta. Prince Paris of Troy abducted Helen and took her to Troy, which started the 9 year Trojan War.

  • Hera was a daughter of the Titans who married her brother Zeus and became Queen of the gods and was the goddess of the family.

  • Hestia was a daughter of the Titans and was the Virgin goddess of the hearth, home and cooking.

  • The Horae were the minor deities called 'the Seasons' or 'Horae', the goddesses of time who guarded the gates to the home of the gods. Mount Olympus home of the gods

  • Io was a lover of Zeus from the hundred-eyed giant Argos called Panoptes

  • Iris was the messenger of Halcyone

  • Jocasta was the Queen of Thebes

  • Leto was the daughter of the Titans Phoebe and Coeus and a lover of Zeus by whom she bore the twin gods Artemis and Apollo.

  • Maia was a 'Pleiades' one of the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione. Maia was a lover of Zeus and bore him a son, Hermes.

  • The Maenads were wild women, flushed with wine, their shoulders draped with a fawn skin, carrying rods tipped with pine cones (thyrsos).

  • Medea was an enchantress who helped Jason

  • Medusa was a Gorgon who had serpents instead of hair

  • The Muses were the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne. The Muses all had wonderful gifts that allowed them to entertain the gods

  • The Naiades were the nymphs of the rivers and streams

  • The Nereids were the nymphs of the ocean

  • Nike was the winged goddess of victory

  • Niobe was a lover of Zeus

  • The Oceanides were the three thousand daughters of Gaia and Uranus

  • Pandora was the young maiden who unleashed the 'Troubles'

  • Pasiphae was the wife of King Minos who fell in love with the bull and produced the Minotaur

  • Penelope was the wife of Odysseus

  • Persephone was the goddess of the underworld and the daughter of the gods Zeus and Demeter.

  • Phaedra was a Princess of Crete torn by love

  • Phoebe was a daughter of Gaia and Uranus and one of the Titanides. She was the wife of Coeus, the mother of Leto

  • The Pleiades were one of the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione.

  • Procris was a favorite of Diana, the goddess of hunting and the wife of Cephalus

  • Psyche was the beautiful maiden forced to visit the Underworld by Aphrodite

  • Pyramus and Thisbe, the lovers who talked through a hole in the wall

  • Rhea was the daughter of Gaia and Uranus and one of the Titanides. She married her brother Cronus and their children were Demeter, Hestia, Hera, Hades, Poseidon and Zeus.

  • Scylla was the favorite of all the water-nymphs

  • Semele was a lover of Zeus

  • The Sirens were sea nymphs who sing so sweetly that they lured to death every man who listened

  • Taygete was a lover of Zeus

  • The Greeks sphinx was a creature with the body of a lion and the head of a woman

  • Tethys was a daughter of Gaia and Uranus and one of the Titanides and the wife of Oceanus. Their children were the Oceanides (three thousand daughters).

  • Themis was a lover of Zeus

  • Thetis was a minor sea-goddess and mother of Achilles

  • Pyramus and Thisbe, the lovers who talked through a hole in the wall

  • Titanides were the female Titans

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