The daughter of the Thessalian ruler Erysichthon, and granddaughter of Triopas (whence she is called Triopis).1 She was sold by her hungry father, that he might obtain the means of satisfying his hunger. In order to escape from slavery, she prayed to Poseidon, who loved her, and conferred on her the power of metamorphosing herself whenever she was sold, and of thus each time returning to her father.



  1. Ovid. Metamorphoses viii, 872.


  • Antoninus Liberalis, 17, who calls her Hypermestra.
  • Ovid. Metamorphoses viii, 847 ff.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.
  • Tzetzes on Lycophron, 1393.

This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.