The fourteen children of Niobe and Amphion, seven strong sons and seven beautiful daughters. Their number, however, varies: Hesiod says they had ten sons and ten daughters, Herodotus that they had two sons and three daughters, and Homer that they had six sons and six daughters. Ovid and Apollodorus both mention seven sons and seven daughters.

Ovid1 list as the sons: Ismenus, who was the first to die, Sipylus, Phaedimus, Tantalus, Alphenor, Damasichthon, and Ilioneus, the last one to die. Apollodorus2 mentions: Ismenus, Sipylus, Phaedimus (1), Tantalus, Agenor, Damasichthon, and Eupinytus. He lists the daughters as: Ethodaia (or Neaera), Cleodoxa, Astyoche, Phthia, Pelopia, Astycratia, and Ogygia.

Hyginus3 lists the Niobids as Tantalus, Ismenus, Eupinytus, Phaedimus, Sipylus, Damasichthon, Archenor; Neara, Phthia, Astycratia, Chloris, [corrupt], Eudoxa, Ogygia.

According to Pausanias (and the Greek poet Telesilla) the surviving children were Amyclas and Meliboea.4


A famous statue is that of Niobe and her youngest daughter (Uffizi, Naples).