In Greek mythology, Demonassa or Demonassae (Ancient Greek: Δημώνασσα) was a name attributed to five women.


In his Περί Τύχης Δεύτερος (On Fortune II) discourse, Greek orator, Dion Chrysostom, tells the story of a Cypriot stateswoman and lawgiver by that name. She enacted three strict laws, the first, if a woman was guilty of adultery her hair should be cut off and she should become a prostitute, the second, whoever commits suicide shall be cast out without a burial and the third law forbade the slaughter of a plough-ox with death of the perpetrator as punishment. Demonassa had three children, a daughter and two sons and each of them transgressed one of the laws their mother had enacted. Unable to live with her grief but also respecting her own laws, she leaped into molten copper [7][8]


  1. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae 14
  2. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae 102
  3. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae 71
  4. ^ Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio 5.17.8
  5. ^ Plutarch, Quaestiones Graecae 23
  6. ^ Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio 9.5.15
  7. ^ "LacusCurtius • Dio Chrysostom — Discourse 64". Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  8. ^ "Dio Chrysostom, Orationes, *p*e*r*i *t*u*x*h*s *d*e*u*t*e*r*o*s., section 2". Retrieved 2019-01-11.