A daughter of Oceanus, and wife of Helios, by whom she became the mother of Aeëtes and Circe.1 She is further called the mother of Pasiphaë,2 Perses,3 and Aloeus.4

Homer and Apollonius Rhodius5 call her Perse, while others call her Perseis (Περσηίς)6 or Persea.7



  1. Homer. Odyssey x, 139; Hesiod. Theogony, 356, 956.
  2. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library i, 9.1; iii, 1.2; Hyginus. Fabulae: Preface.
  3. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library i, 9, in fin.
  4. Tzetzes on Lycophron, 174.
  5. Argonautica iv, 591.
  6. comp. Tzetzes on Lycophron, 798.
  7. Virgil. Ciris, 66.


  • 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.