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Galinthias

Γαλινθιάς), or, in Latin, Galanthis. Daughter of Proetus of Thebes, and a friend of Alcmené. When Alcmené was on the point of giving birth to Heracles, and the Moerae and Ilithyae, at the request of Heré, were endeavouring to delay the birth, Galinthias suddenly rushed in with the false report that Alcmené had given birth to a son. The hostile goddesses were so surprised by this information that they dropped their arms. Thus the charm was broke and Alcmené was enabled to give birth to Heracles. The deluded goddesses avenged the deception practised upon them by metamorphosing Galinthias into a weasel (γαλῆ). Hecaté, however, took pity upon her and made her her attendant, and Heracles afterwards erected a sanctuary to her (Ovid, Met. ix. 306).

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