A daughter of Lycaon, was beloved by Zeus, but Hera, out of jealousy, metamorphosed her into a she-bear, whereupon Zeus placed her among the stars, under the name of the Great Northern Bear.1 When Demeter invoked her, asking for information about her lost daughter, Helice referred her to Helios.2

Hyginus3 calls her a daughter of Olenus, and says that she brought up Zeus.



  1. Servius on Virgil's Georgics i, 138, 246.
  2. Ovid. Fasti iv, 580.
  3. Poetical Astronomy ii, 2, 13


  • 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.