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The daughter of Icarius. Her father having been taught by Bacchus the culture of the grape, and having made wine, gave of it to some shepherds, who, thinking themselves poisoned by the draught, killed him. When they came to their senses, they buried him; and his daughter Erigoné, being guided to the spot by her father's faithful hound Maera, hanged herself through grief (Apollod. iii. 14.7; Hyg. Fab. 130). Zeus translated the father and daughter, along with the faithful Maera, to the skies; Icarius became Boötes, and Erigoné, Virgo; while the hound was changed, according to Hyginus, into Procyon; but, according to the scholiast on Germanicus, into the Canis Maior, which is therefore styled by Ovid ( Fast. iv. 939) Canis Icarius.


The daughter of Aegisthus and Clytaemnestra, and mother of Penthilus by Orestes (Pausan. ii. 18, 5).

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    • Pseudo-Apollodorus, Library, 3.14.7
    • Ovid, Fasti, 4
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