Also Trito (Τριτώ) and Tritogenes (Τριτογενής), a surname of Athena,1 which is explained in different ways.

Some derive it from lake Tritonis in Libya, near which she is said to have been born;2 others from the stream Triton near Alalcomenae in Boeotia, where she was worshiped, and where according to some statements she was also born;3 the grammarians, lastly, derive the name from τριτώ (tritō) which, in the dialect of the Athamanians, is said to signify "head," so that it would be the goddess born out of the head of her father.4



  1. Homer. Iliad iv, 515, Odyssey iii, 378; Hesiod. Theogony, 924.
  2. Euripides. Ion,. 872; Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library i, 3.6; comp. Herodotus. Histories iv, 150, 179.
  3. Pausanias. Description of Greece ix, 33.4; comp. Homer. Iliad iv, 8.
  4. Scholiast on Apollonius Rhodius, iv, 1310; comp. Homeric Hymns, 28. 4; Hesiod. Theogony, 924.


  • 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.