Results of the “Favorite Heroines” Survey!

Thanks to all who participated in yesterday’s survey! I’m impressed by the breadth of the results, and the amount of research done by the participants!

Here are all the entries:

Alkmene – mother of Heracles. Her herõon was at Thebes, an altar was dedicated to her in Athens, and she had cults in Boeotia, Attica, and Megara.

Andromache – wife of Hector of Troy. After being taken as a captive by Neoptolemos, she married Helenos and founded Buthrotum, in what is now Albania. Her herõon was at Pergamon.

Arsinoe – mother of Asclepios by Apollo. Her sanctuary was in Sparta.

Atalanta – Argonaut, drew first blood in the Calydonian boar hunt, defeated the hero Peleus (father of Achilles) at wrestling. A spring created when she smote her spear against the earth was known in antiquity, as was the racetrack at which she challenged potential suitors.

 Britomart– this fictional heroine was suggested, but she is based on a nymph from mythology, not a heroine.

Elektra – daughter of Klytemnestra and Agamemnon. She received offerings at her grave in Mycenae.

Galinthias – priestess of Hekate. She assisted Alkmene, mother of Heracles, in childbirth and was turned into a weasel by Hera. She received sacrifice in Thebes.

Helen – daughter of Leda, Queen of Sparta, and Zeus. Worshipped at her tomb with Menelaus at Therapne in Sparta.

Hilaria – abducted by Castor and Pollux, along with her sister Phoibe. Worshipped along with Phoibe at Sparta.

Iphigenia – daughter of Klytemnestra and Agamemnon. Sacrificed at Aulis to obtain favorable winds for the Greek expedition to Troy, she was rescued by Artemis to become a priestess and found a sanctuary at Brauron, where she was accorded worship alongside the goddess.

Kallisto – companion of Artemis, lover of Zeus, transformed into a bear by Artemis. Her grave was at the temple of Artemis near Megalopolis, and a statue of her was placed at the Acropolis.

Kassandra – daughter of Priam and Hekuba, granted the gift of prophecy by Apollo but cursed when she refused to sleep with him. Killed by Klytemnestra and Aigistos. Her sanctuary was at Sparta, and she had an oracle at Thalamai.

Klytemnestra – daughter of Leda, Queen of Sparta, and Tyndareos, sister of Helen and the Dioscuri. , mother of Iphigenia. Murdered her husband Agamemnon with her lover, Aigistos, for the apparent sacrifice of Iphigenia. She received offerings at her tomb in Mycenae.

Medea – granddaughter of Helios. Princess of Colchis. Assisted Jason in his quest for the Golden Fleece, later abandoned by him, and killed their children, and his new wife and father-in-law, in vengeance. She was connected with worship of Hekate in Thessaly, and with Hera and Aphrodite in Corinth.

Messene – established a cult of Zeus at Ithome, and brought the Eleusinian mysteries to Andanaia. Her herõon was at Messenia.

Pandrosos – daughter of Kekrops of Athens. Her shrine was at the Pandroseion, on the Acropolis. She is credited with the Greek victory at Marathon.

Penelope – wife of Odysseus. She was honored at a tomb in Mantineia

Phaidra – daughter of Minos and Pasiphae of Crete, sister of Ariadne. Founded temple of Aphrodite, founded a temple of Eileithyia. She was honored at her tomb at Troizen.



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