Erigone (plentiful offspring) In Greek mythology, daughter of Icarius of Athens. She was raped by Dionysus, who transformed himself into a grape. When her father was murdered, she hanged herself and was transformed into the constellation Virgo. Ovid’s Metamorphoses (book 6) tells the tale. A second Erigone was the daughter of Aegisthus and Clytemnestra, sister of Aletes. She had an adulterous affair with Orestes and bore Penthilus and, according to variant accounts, Tisamenus. She killed herself when Orestes was acquitted for the murder of Clytemnestra, their mother.


Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow– Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante

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