The daughter of Icarius, a wine-maker from Athens. She was seduced by Bacchus, who came into her father's house. The god taught Icarius the cultivation of the vine and gave him bags filled with wine. Icarius distributed the wine, but some herdsmen became intoxicated and killed him, believing he had tried to poison them. Erigone went looking for him, and her dog Maera directed her to the spot where her father lay unburied. There, she took her own life by hanging herself in a tree over her father's body.

After her death she became the constellation of Virgo. The dog Maera became the star Procyon and her father became the constellation Boötes.



  • Hyginus. Fabulae, 130.
  • Ovid. Metamorphoses vi, 125.