One of the three daughters of king Minyas of Orchomenus. These three industrious women refused to join the wild mysteries of Dionysus and called him a false god. Dionysus changed them into bats.

In the Golden Bough,1 Sir James George Frazer writes that although the women initially refused, the divine fury eventually infected them and they were seized by a fierce longing to partake of human flesh. They drew lots to determine which of them should sacrifice her child to furnish a cannibal feast. The lot fell upon Leucippe and she surrendered her son Hippasus, who was torn limb from limb by the three.



  1. xxvi.


  • Aelian. Various Histories iii, 42.