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Niobe
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(Νιόβη/Nióbē, Lat. Nioba).

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I. Mythology

Daughter of Tantalus and Dione or Euryanassa (Hyg. Fab. 9, schol. Eur. Or. 4) and wife of Amphion [1] (Hes. fr. 183 M./W.). The oldest version of the myth is found in Hom. Il. 24,602-617 in the form of a comparison by which Achilles seeks to induce Priam to overcome his grief over his son's death just as N. did. N.'s children, the Niobids (Νιοβίδαι/Niobídai, Lat. Niobidae), were killed by Apollo and Artemis after N. boasted of her superiority to their mother, Leto, because Leto ha…

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Harder, Ruth Elisabeth (Zürich) and Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen), “Niobe”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 30 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e823690>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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