Hypsipyle (high gate) In Greek mythology, queen of Lemnos; daughter of Thoas and Myrina; wife of Jason; mother of Euneus (Evenus), Deipylus, Nebrophonus, and Thoas. Hypsipyle did not kill her father when all of the women on Lemnos killed all of the men. When the Argonauts came to the island, all of the women were raped, and Hypsipyle became the wife of Jason, who abandoned her. Later the women of Lemnos exiled Hypsipyle to Nemea. Ovid’s Heroides (book 6) and Chaucer’s Legend of Good Women report her sad fate.


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