A patronymic given to the nine daughters of king Pierus by Antigone or Evippe. They challenged the Muses to a contest but lost, and were transformed into gabbling magpies. See also Emathides.

The Pierides are Acalanthis, Cenchris, Chloris, Cissa, Colymbas, Dracontis, Iynx, Nessa, and Pipo.



  • Antoninus Liberalis, 9.
  • Ovid. Metamorphoses v, 295 ff.
  • Pausanias. Description of Greece ix, 29.4.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.