Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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(Νιόβη [Nióbē]; Latin Nioba)

A. Myth

The best-known source of the myth of N. is the account by Ovid (Ov. Met. 6,146–316). N. is the daughter of Tantalus and Dione or Euryanassa, sister of Pelops and wife of the Theban king Amphion. Overcome by pain, N. turns into a rock, which a whirlwind carries into the Sipylus Mountains; tears unceasingly flow from it. The reason for her sadness is the killing of her fourteen children, the Niobids, by Apollo and Artemis, as the divine siblings avenge N.’s insult to their mother Leto (Lat…

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Oster, Angela, “Niobe”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 23 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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