A daughter of Ligdus and Telethusa, of Phaestus in Crete. She was brought up as a boy, because, previous to her birth, her father had ordered the child to be killed, if it should be a girl. When Iphis had grown up, and was to be betrothed to Ianthe, the difficulty thus arising was removed by the favor of Isis, who had before advised the mother to treat Iphis as a boy, and now metamorphosed her into a youth.



  • Ovid. Metamorphoses ix, 665 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.