Pyrene (mythology)

In Greek mythology, Pyrene (Ancient Greek: Πυρήνη) may refer to:

  • Pyrene, daughter of King Bebrycius and a lover (or victim, depending on the myth) of Heracles. She bore a serpent and became so terrified that she fled to the woods where she died. Heracles created a tomb for her by piling up rocks thus forming the mountain range of the Pyrenees, named after her.[1][2][3]
  • Pyrene, also called Pelopia, mother of Cycnus with Ares.[4]


  1. ^ Silius Italicus, Punica, 3. 415-446
  2. ^ Bell's New Pantheon Or Historical Dictionary of the Gods, Demi Gods, page 203 [1]
  3. ^ (Anonymous) A classical manual, being a mythological, historical, and geographical commentary on Pope's Homer and Dryden's Aeneid of Virgil. London, J. Murray, 1833. p. [2]
  4. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 2.5.1