In Greek mythology, Aethusa (Ancient Greek: Αἵθουσα) was a daughter of Poseidon and the Pleiad Alcyone, daughter of Atlas.[1][2][3] She was loved by Apollo and bore to him Eleuther[4][5] and Linus.[3][6] Through either of the latter two, Aethusa became the grandmother of Pierus, father of Oeagrus, father of the musician Orpheus. Because of this genealogical fact, she was usually identified as a Thracian.[1]

The word aethusa was used as an epithet for a portico that was open to the sun, that is, Apollo.[7]

According to Pliny's Naturalis Historia, Aethusa is also the eponym of the Italian island which is now called Linosa.


  1. ^ a b Suda, s.v. Homer
  2. ^ Schmitz, Leonhard (1870). "Aethusa". In Smith, William (ed.). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 1. Boston, MA. p. 51.
  3. ^ a b Of the Origin of Homer and Hesiod and their Contest, Fragment 1, 314
  4. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus. Bibliotheca, 3.10.3
  5. ^ Pausanias, 9. 20. ,§ 2
  6. ^ Suda Encyclopedia s.v. Homer.
  7. ^ Jebb, Richard Claverhouse (1887). Homer: An Introduction to the Iliad and the Odyssey. Glasgow: James Maclehose and Sons. p. 58. aethusa.


  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "Aethusa". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.