A female Titan, a daughter of Oceanus and Tethys,1 and, according to others, of Uranus and Gaea, or of Aether and Gaea.2 She was beloved by Zeus, by whom she became the mother of Aphrodite.3 When Aphrodite was wounded by Diomedes, Dione received her daughter in Olympus, and pronounced the threat respecting the punishment of Diomedes.4 Dione was present, with other divinities, at the birth of Apollo and Artemis in Delos.5

At the foot of Lepreon, on the western coast of the Peloponnese, there was a grove sacred to her,6 and in other places she was worshiped in the temples of Zeus.7 In some traditions she is called the mother of Dionysus.8




  • 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.