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Ino(ī`nō), in Greek mythology, daughter of Cadmus. She was the wife of AthamasAthamas
, in Greek mythology, king of Boeotia. He married Nephele, who bore him Phrixus and Helle, but he later fell in love with Ino, who bore him Learchus and Melicertes.
..... Click the link for more information. , to whom she bore Learchus and Melicertes. She plotted to kill her stepchildren, Phrixus and Helle, but their mother, Nephele, saved them with the help of a winged ram (see Golden FleeceGolden Fleece,
in Greek mythology, the magic fleece of the winged ram that saved Phrixus and Helle, the children of Nephele and Athamas, from the jealousy of Ino, Athamas' second wife.
..... Click the link for more information. ). Later, when Athamas went mad and killed Learchus, Ino and Melicertes leaped into the sea to their deaths and were changed into sea deities, Leucothea and Palaemon.
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