From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Chariclo (/kəˈrɪkl/ or /ˈkærɪkl/; Ancient Greek: Χαρικλώ, romanizedKhariklṓ, lit. 'graceful spinner';[1][2] ) is either of two nymphs in Greek mythology:

  • Chariclo, daughter of Cychreus and Stilbe[3], married the centaur Chiron and became the mother of Hippe, Endeïs, Ocyrhoe, and Carystus. In some accounts, she was described as the daughter of Apollo.[4] Chariclo together with her mother-in-law Philyra the Oceanid, were the nurses of the young Achilles.[5][6]
  • Chariclo, a nymph devotee of Athena, who became pregnant by a shepherd, Everes, giving birth to the prophet Tiresias. Tiresias was struck blind by Athena after seeing her naked. Chariclo begged Athena to give her sight back, but the goddess could not undo her curse, she gave her the gift of prophecy instead. Her husband Everes was a descendant of Udaeus, the Spartan.[7]


  1. ^ William J. Slater, Lexicon to Pindar, Trustees of Tufts University, Berlin, [1969].
  2. ^ "20,000 Names from Around the World".
  3. ^ M. Grant and J. Hazel, Who's Who in Greek Mythology, David McKay & Co Inc, 1979
  4. ^ Scholia on Pindar, Pythian Ode 4.181
  5. ^ Scholia on Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica 4.813
  6. ^ Pindar, Pythian Ode 4.102 ff
  7. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus. Bibliotheca, 3.6.7