Niobe by Solomon J. Solomon

Niobe was the daughter of Tantalus and Dia, sister of Pelops, and wife of Amphion, with whom she had seven sons and seven daughters.

Once she boasted that she was superior to Leto, who only had two children. In order to take revenge on her, Leto asked her children (the gods Apollo and Artemis) to kill Niobe's with their bows and arrows. Apollo killed the sons and Artemis the daughters. One son and one daughter got away, Amphion and Chloris.

Inconsolable Niobe fled to Sipylos, a city in Asia Minor. There she pleaded with the gods who turned her to stone from which water is forever flowing - the tears of Niobe.

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This page was first presented on the World Wide Web on 21 November, 1998.

This page was last updated on 2 January, 2004, Lefkosia, Cyprus.

© 1998-2004 Tefkros Symeonides

Sources : Lexico tis Ellinikis Mythologias, Aik. Tsotakou-Karveli, Ekdoseis Sokoli, ISBN 960-7210-25-5.

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