A beautiful maiden of the island of Cos, of whom Hermochares and Antoninus Liberalis1 relates nearly the same story which other writers relate of Cydippe and Acontius. Buttmann2 thinks that Ctesylla was originally an attribute of some ancient national divinity at Ceos — Aphrodite Ctesylla was worshiped there — who was believed to have had some love affair with a mortal.



  1. Metamorphoses, 1.
  2. Buttmann, P.K. (1928). Mythologus ii, p. 135 ff.


  • 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.