A daughter of the Laconian king Dion and his wife Iphitea, the daughter of Prognaus. She became the object of desire of Dionysus but her sisters Lyco and Orphe protected her. When they were seized with raging madness and turned into rocks, Carya was turned into a walnut tree. The Lacedaemonians, on being informed of it by Artemis, dedicated a temple to Artemis Caryatis.



  • Servius on Virgil's Eclogues viii, 30.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.