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Merope (/ˈmɛrəpiː/; Ancient Greek: Μερόπη "with face turned" derived from μερος meros "part" and ωψ ops "face, eye"; alternatively "bee-eater bird" from merops) was originally the name of several characters in Greek mythology.

Merope, one of the 3,000 Oceanids, water-nymph daughters of the Titans Oceanus and his sister-wife Tethys. She married Clymenus, son of Helius, and had children with him: Phaethon and the girls called Heliades.[1]
Merope, one of the Pleiades, daughter of Atlas and Pleione.[2]
Merope, one of the Heliades, daughter of either Helios and Clymene or of Clymenus (Helios' son) and Merope, one of the Oceanids.[3]
Merope, daughter of King Erechtheus of Athens and Praxithea, daughter of Phrasimus. She may have been the mother of Daedalus.[4]
Merope, also called Aero, was the consort or daughter of Oenopion.[5]
Merope, wife of King Megareus of Onchestus and mother of Hippomenes.[6]
Merope, a Dorian who became the foster mother of Oedipus;[7] otherwise the wife of Polybus was also called Periboea.
Merope, queen of Messenia, wife of Cresphontes and mother of Aepytus.[8]

Notes

Hyginus, Fabulae 154
Apollodorus, 3.10.1
Hyginus, Fabulae 154; Ovid, Metamorphoses 2.340
Plutarch, Theseus 19.5
Hesiod, Astronomia 4
Hyginus, Fabulae 185; Ovid, Metamorphoses 10.605
Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus 775 & 990

Apollodorus, 2.8.5; Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio 4.3.6

References

Apollodorus, The Library with an English Translation by Sir James George Frazer, F.B.A., F.R.S. in 2 Volumes, Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1921. ISBN 0-674-99135-4. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library. Greek text available from the same website.
Gaius Julius Hyginus, Astronomica from The Myths of Hyginus translated and edited by Mary Grant. University of Kansas Publications in Humanistic Studies. Online version at the Topos Text Project.
Gaius Julius Hyginus, Fabulae from The Myths of Hyginus translated and edited by Mary Grant. University of Kansas Publications in Humanistic Studies. Online version at the Topos Text Project.
Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus, Lives with an English Translation by Bernadotte Perrin. Cambridge, MA. Harvard University Press. London. William Heinemann Ltd. 1914. 1. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library. Greek text available from the same website.
Publius Ovidius Naso, Metamorphoses translated by Brookes More (1859-1942). Boston, Cornhill Publishing Co. 1922. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library.
Publius Ovidius Naso, Metamorphoses. Hugo Magnus. Gotha (Germany). Friedr. Andr. Perthes. 1892. Latin text available at the Perseus Digital Library.
Sophocles, The Oedipus Tyrannus of Sophocles edited with introduction and notes by Sir Richard Jebb. Cambridge. Cambridge University Press. 1893. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library
Sophocles, Sophocles. Vol 1: Oedipus the king. Oedipus at Colonus. Antigone. With an English translation by F. Storr. The Loeb classical library, 20. Francis Storr. London; New York. William Heinemann Ltd.; The Macmillan Company. 1912. Greek text available at the Perseus Digital Library.

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