A daughter of Adrastus and Amphithea, or of Aegialeus the son of Adrastus, whence she bears the surname of Adrastine.1 She was married to Diomedes, who, on his return from Troy, found her living in adultery with Cometes.2 The hero attributed this misfortune to the anger of Aphrodite, whom he had wounded in the war against Troy, but when Aegiale went so far as to threaten his life he fled to Italy.3

According to Dictys Cretensis,4 Aegiale, like Clytemnestra, had been seduced to her criminal conduct by a treacherous report, that Diomedes was returning with a Trojan woman who lived with him as his wife, and on his arrival at Argos Aegiale expelled him. In Ovid5 she is described as the type of a bad wife.



  1. Homer. Iliad v, 412; Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library i, 8.6, 9.13.
  2. Eustath, on Homer's Iliad v, 566.
  3. Scholiast on Lycophron, 610; Ovid. Metamorphoses xiv, 476 ff.
  4. 6.2.
  5. Ibis, 349.


  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.