Syme (mythology)

In Greek mythology, Syme (Ancient Greek: Σύμη) was the eponym of the island Syme.[1]

According to Athenaeus, Syme was the daughter of Ialysos and Dotis. She was carried off by the sea god Glaucus on his way back from Asia. Glaucus named a deserted island he landed on after Syme.[2]

Diodorus Siculus, however, writes of Syme as the mother of Chthonius with Poseidon, and mentions that it was Chthonius who named the island after Syme.[3]


  1. ^ Stephanus of Byzantium s. v. Symē
  2. ^ Athenaeus, Banquet of the Learned, 7. 294c (p. 329), citing Mnaseas
  3. ^ Diodorus Siculus, Library of History, 5. 53. 1