Leucothea


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Leucothea

(lo͞okŏth`ēə), in Greek mythology, sea deity. In some legends she was the deification of InoIno
, in Greek mythology, daughter of Cadmus. She was the wife of Athamas, 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 Fleece).
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, the wife of Athamas; in others she was the deification of the sea nymph Halia, mother of Rhodos. The Romans identified Matuta with her.
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When he was in this plight, Ino daughter of Cadmus, also called Leucothea, saw him.
Meanwhile To resalute the World with sacred Light LEUCOTHEA wak'd, and with fresh dews imbalmd The Earth, when ADAM and first Matron EVE Had ended now thir Orisons, and found, Strength added from above, new hope to spring Out of despaire, joy, but with fear yet linkt; Which thus to EVE his welcome words renewd.
Experiments on the fingers of Leucothea, which possess both types of projections, suggest that the non-motile, onion-root cilia are mechanoreceptors that transduce water disturbances by prey to muscular responses of the fingers, possibly for prey capture (10).
Using as a research source Pierre Grimal's Dictionary of Greek and Roman mythology, we have found a number of 95 characters, of which we mention Antigone, Deianira, Heracles, Narcissus, Hylonome the Centaur, Niobe, Sappho, Jocasta, Melicertes (Palemon), Dido, Euphrates, Euridyce, Ajax, Ino (Leucothea), Cyone, Anticlea, Calydon, Melos, Phaedra, Thisbe, Parthenope, Althaea, Amata, Aura, Byblis--to mention just some of the names which are rather more popular resorted to the supreme gesture of ending their life in a free and consenting manner, either by hanging (most cases), or by tossing themselves into a void, a river or into the sea, by fire or sword.
It was dawn, but white dawn only, Under the reign of Leucothea, As we volplaned, so it seemed, from the lake Past the lighthouse into the river.
Kathleen died 20 years ago, but her children Graham Day, 68, Sabrina Steelsmith, 72, and Leucothea Simms, 62, were at the unveiling.
What about Leucothea daring to save Odysseus despite the will of her sovereign lord Neptune?
Her jealousy of her sister Leucothea, who shared his affection, led Clytie to plot her sister's death.
Ovid relates how Apollo turned the Princess Clytiain to a sunflower as punishment for exposing his romance with her sister Leucothea. However, the sunflower does not turn towards the sun, but instead faces Edward, signifying his power and influence.
Both were afterward worshiped as marine divinities--Ino as Leucothea, Melicertes as Palaemon.
Methought I was upon the ocean billows at some sea nuptials, riding and mounted high, with the customary train sounding their conches before me, (I myself, you may be sure, the leading god,) and jollily we went careering over the main, till just where Ino Leucothea should have greeted me (I think it was Ino) with a white embrace, the billows gradually subsiding, fell from a sea-roughness to a sea-calm, and thence to a river-motion, and that river (as happens in the familiarization of dreams) was no other than the gentle Thames, which landed me, in the wafture of a placid wave or two, alone, safe and inglorious, somewhere at the foot of Lambeth palace.