Chione (daughter of Boreas)

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In Greek mythology, Chione (from Greek χιών – chiōn, "snow")[1] was the daughter of Boreas, the god of the north wind, and Orithyia a daughter of Erechtheus, king of Athens.[2] Chione was the sister of Cleopatra (wife of Phineus, king of Thrace) and the Argonauts, Calaïs and Zetes. According to a late, though generally accepted tradition, Chione was the mother of Poseidon's son Eumolpus whom she threw into the ocean for fear of her father's reaction; however, Eumolpus is rescued and raised by Poseidon.[3]


  1. ^ Liddell and Scott, s.v. χιών.
  2. ^ Grimal, s.v. Chione; Smith, s.v. Chione 1.; Apollodorus, 3.15.2, 1.9.21; Pausanias, 1.38.2.
  3. ^ Grimal, s.v. Eumolpus; Smith, s.v. Eumolpus; Apollodorus, 3.15.4; Pausanias, 1.38.2. For other traditions regarding Eumolpus' parentage see Frazer's 3.15.4 n. 1.