Ino

Greek - Daughter of Cadmus and Harmonia. Sister of Agave, Autonöe and Semele. Second wife of Athamas. Mother of Learchus and Melicertes. She sheltered the infant Dionysus, born to her sister Semele, until Zeus had him moved to Mount Nysa under the care of the nymphs. For this, the jealous Hera drove Ino mad. Ino, with her sisters Agave and Autonöe, tore to pieces Pentheus, son of Agave. She tricked Athamas into offering Phrixus, his son by his first wife Nephele, in sacrifice to avenge herself on Nephele, but Phrixus and his sister Helle escaped on the back of the ram with the golden fleece. Hera drove Athamas mad and Ino had to flee to escape his death by his sword. She jumped into the sea and was drowned but was deified as Leucothea, a sea-goddess and goddess of the Centaurs, for taking care of Dionysus. Some say she was the mother of the Centaurs. Her son, Melicertes, who was drowned with her or, in some accounts, was killed and boiled in a pot by his mother, became the god Palaemon. When the raft on which Odysseus left Calypso's island was wrecked in a storm it was Ino who saved him by giving him her veil which protected him from harm as he abandoned the raft and swam for two days. In another version, she left Athamas who then married Themisto. When Ino returned, she tried to kill Themisto's children but succeeded in killing her own two sons instead. Sometimes identified as Ino, Leucothea, Leucothea, Leucothoe, Leucothoe, Leucothoe, Leucothoe, Leukothea, Leukothea, Leucothoe, Mater Matuta, Mater Matuta, Aurora, Eos, Matuta, Greek Eos, Plastene, Plastene, White Goddess, White Goddess, Artemis, Artemis Caryatis, Belili, Cybele, Demeter, Freya, Hag of the Mill, Leucippe, Marpessa, Olwen or Samothea.

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