A daughter of Erichthonius and Praxithea. Once as she had strayed beyond the river Ilissus she was carried off by Boreas, by whom she became the mother of Cleopatra, Chione, Zetes, and Calais.


Her abduction is depicted on many Greek vases: a red-figure amphora from Attica (currently in Munich) shows a winged Boreas carrying of a surprised Orithyia.



  • Aken, Dr. A.R.A. van. (1961). Elseviers Mythologische Encyclopedie. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • Apollonius Rhodius. Argonautica i, 215; comp. Plato. Phaedrus p. 194 (ed. Heiod).
  • Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library iii, 15.1 ff.
  • Scholiast on Homer's Odyssey xiv, 533.
  • 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.