previous next

Hypsipyle was daughter of Thoas, King of Lemnos. When the Argonauts visited Lemnos, they found her reigning as queen, the women of the island having slain all the men. Hypsipyle concealed and saved her father, who, however, according to one story, was subsequently discovered and killed. This, and the later massacre of Athenian women who had been carried off by the Pelasgian inhabitants of the island, gave rise to the proverbial expression, “Λήμνια ἔργα” ( 138). A lost play of Aeschylus, Hypsipyle, was no doubt on this subject.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide References (1 total)
  • Commentary references from this page (1):
    • Herodotus, Histories, 6.138
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: