List of rape victims from ancient history and mythology

Rape is a common topic in history and mythology. A list of notable survivors from history and mythology includes:




  • Agnes of Rome; a young girl of around 12 or 13 years of age, who consecrated her virginity to Christ, and was dragged to a brothel to be raped, in a bid to make her recant her Christian faith.

Greek mythologyEdit



Hebrew BibleEdit

  • Noah; mocked by Ham, in some interpretations he is either raped by him or by Canaan, his son and grandson respectively.
  • Dinah; raped by a Canaanite prince and avenged by her brothers.
  • Lot; seduced by his daughters by means of alcohol
  • Tamar; raped by her half-brother Amnon and avenged by her brother Absalom.

Norse mythologyEdit

Roman mythologyEdit

Knights of the Round TableEdit

Medieval FolkloreEdit

Eve raped by Lilith, in the form of snake

Adam raped by Lilith in the form of Eve

Hindu MythologyEdit

Ahalya seduced by Indra, the king of gods

Rambha raped by Ravana

Araja raped by Danda

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ In some versions of the story, Zeus seduces Leda and she submits willingly. In others, such as that retold in William Butler Yeats' "Leda and the Swan", he rapes her: Romigh, Maggie (2007). "Luci Tapahonso's 'Leda and the cowboy': a gynocratic, Navajo response to Yeats's 'Leda and the swan'". In Cotten, Angela L.; Acampora, Christa Davis (eds.). Cultural sites of critical insight: philosophy, aesthetics, and African American and Native American women's writings. Albany, New York: State University of New York. p. 159. ISBN 9781429465700.
  2. ^ Cornell, Timothy J (1995). "9. The Beginnings of the Roman Republic: 2. The Problem of Chronology". The Beginnings of Rome: Italy and Rome from the Bronze Age to the Punic Wars (c. 1000-264 BC). The Routledge History of the Ancient World. Routledge. pp. 218–225. ISBN 978-0-415-01596-7.