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Short description: One of the Pleiades sisters, daughters of Atlas from Greek mythology
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Alcyone (/ælˈs.ən/; Ancient Greek Ἁλκυόνη Αlkuónē, derived from alkyon αλκυων "kingfisher"), in Greek mythology, was the name of one of the Pleiades, daughters of Atlas and Pleione or, more rarely, Aethra.[1] She attracted the attention of the god Poseidon and bore him several children, variously named in the sources: Hyrieus, Hyperenor, and Aethusa;[2] Hyperes and Anthas;[3] and Epopeus.[4][5] By a mortal, Anthedon, Alcyone became the mother of the fisherman Glaucus, who was later transformed into a marine god.[6] There are various etymological interpretations of her name's origin.[7]Template:Greek myth (nymph)

Comparative table of Alcyone's family
Relation Names Sources
Apollodorus Ovid Hyginus Pausanias Athenaeus Clement
Parentage Atlas and Pleione
Atlas and Aethra
Consort Poseidon
Children Aethusa


  1. Schmitz, Leonhard (1867). "Alcyone (1)". in William Smith. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 1. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. pp. 108. http://www.ancientlibrary.com/smith-bio/0117.html. 
  2. Apollodorus, 3.10.1
  3. Pausanias, 2.30.7
  4. Hyginus, Fabulae Preface, p. 11, ed. Staveren
  5. Ovid, Heroides 19.133
  6. Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae 7
  7. Alcyone at Theoi.com