Telephassa (daughter of Nilus)

Telephassa (/ˌtɛlˈfæsə/; Ancient Greek: Τηλέφασσα, “far-shining”), also spelled Telephaassa (/ˌtɛlfiˈæsə/; Τηλεφάασσα) and Telephe (/ˈtɛlfi/; Τηλέφη), is a lunar epithet in Greek mythology that is sometimes substituted for Argiope the wife of Agenor, according to his name a “leader of men”[1] in Phoenicia, and mother of Cadmus.[2][3] In some versions she is the daughter of Nilus, god of the Nile and Nephele, a soft cloud oceanid.[citation needed] She had several children, including Europa, Cilix, Cadmus, Thasus, who gave his name to an island next to Samothrace,[4] and Phoenix. Thasus is sometimes said to be her grandchild by Cilix. Her husband was Agenor or perhaps Phoenix in a version in which Cadmus and Europa and their brothers are children of Phoenix (see Agenor and Phoenix).

Zeus saw Europa gathering flowers, transformed himself into a white bull, and carried her away to the island of Crete. He then revealed his true identity and Europa became the first queen of Crete. Telephassa accompanied her son Cadmus on a quest to find Europa. The mother and son traveled to the islands of Rhodes and Thera before arriving in Thrace, where Telephassa fell ill and died. “On Samothrace… the mother was called Elektra or Elektryone”, Karl Kerenyi notes.[5] After burying his mother, Cadmus was told of the oracle of Delphi by the Thracians. Upon consulting the oracle, he was advised to travel until encountering a cow. He was to follow this cow and to found a city where the cow would lie down; this city became Thebes. Cilix, Europa’s other brother, also searched for her and settled down in southern Asia Minor. The land was called Cilicia after him.

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Telephassa (daughter of Nilus)
Name Telephassa (daughter of Nilus)
HusbandAgenor (Phoenician king of Tyre)
Profession(daughter of Nilus)


Name Birth Death
Europa (daughter of Agenor)asdasds   
Cilix (son of Agenor)asdasds   
Cadmus (King of Thebes)asdasds   


Name Birth Death
Harmonia (daughter of Ares)asdasds   


Name Birth Death
Sarpedon (son of Zeus)asdasds   
Ino (daughter of Cadmus)asdasds   
Autonoë (daughter of Cadmus)asdasds   
Agave (daughter of Cadmus)asdasds   
Minos  (son of Zeus)asdasds   
Rhadamanthys ( son of Zeus) ( son of Zeus)asdasds   
Semele (daughter of Cadmus)asdasds   


Name Birth Death
Dionysus (Twelve Olympians)asdasds   

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