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In Greek mythology, four people had the name Creusa or Kreusa (Κρέουσα).

  1. According to Pindar's 9th Pythian Ode, Creusa was a naiad and daughter of Gaia who bore Hypseus, King of the Lapiths to the river god Peneus. Hypseus had one daughter, Cyrene. When a lion attacked her father's sheep, Cyrene wrestled with the lion. Apollo happened along and immediately fell in love with her and kidnapped her. He took her to North Africa and founded the city of Cyrene in her name. The region, Cyrenaica, is also named for her. Together, she and Apollo had one son: Aristaeus.

    King Creon of Corinth and Creusa burning, drawing of a Relief.

    Death of Medea's children and Creusa

    Medea Creusa Louvre CA2193

  • Daughter of King Creon of Corinth, Greece. After Jason divorced Medea, he married Creusa. Medea got even by giving Creusa a cursed dress that stuck to her body and burned her to death as soon as she put it on. Also known by Greek authors by the name Glauce (gr. Glauke), e.g. in Apollodorus' Bibliotheca 1.9.28.

    Glauke Fountain
    As you go along another road from the market-place, which leads to Sicyon, you can see on the right of the road a temple and bronze image of Apollo, and a little farther on a well called the Glauke fountain. Into this they say she threw herself in the belief that the water would be a cure for the drugs of Medea Pausanias


Medea, or the Marriage of Jason


Creusa, tries to escape from Troy (detail from Federico Barocci, Aeneas' Flight from Troy, 1598)

  1. Daughter of Priam, wife of Aeneas, mother of Ascanius. In Virgil's Aeneid she died escaping from Troy during the sack of Troy by the Greeks.
  2. Daughter of Erechtheus, mother of a son Achaeus, a daughter named Diomede, and presumably another son Ion according to Hesiod's Eoiae but according to Euripides' Ion she was mother of Ion by Apollo and of Achaeus and Dorus by her husband Xuthus.

Creusa, Georgios Iakovidis


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