Achiroë /əˈkɪroʊiː/ or Anchirrhoë (Ancient Greek: Ἀχιρ(ρ)όη), or according to the Bibliotheca Anchinoë (Ἀγχινόη),[1] which is perhaps a mistake for Anchiroë, was in Greek mythology a naiad, a daughter of the river-god Nilus. She was also the wife of Belus, by whom she became the mother of Aegyptus and Danaus, and, according to some accounts, Cepheus, and Phineus. Otherwise, the possible mother of this children and spouse of Belus was called Side, eponym of Sidon in Phoenicia.

Naiad Queen of Egypt
Member of the Argive family
AbodeRiver Nile in Egypt
Personal information
OffspringDanaus, Aegyptus, Cepheus, Phineus
SiblingsMemphis, Telephassa, Chione, Caliadne (possibly), Polyxo (possibly)


Anchinoe was a minor figure in Greek accounts and only mentioned by Apollodorus in his Bibliotheca:

"But Belus remained in Egypt, reigned over the country, and married Anchinoe, daughter of Nile, by whom he had twin sons, Egyptus and Danaus, but according to Euripides, he had also Cepheus and Phineus."

Argive genealogy

Argive genealogy in Greek mythology
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  1. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 2.1.4 '


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "Achiroe". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.


Aceso (Greek: Ἀκεσώ) was the Greek goddess of the healing process.


According to Greek mythology, Aegyptus or Ægyptus (; Ancient Greek: Αἴγυπτος) is a descendant of the heifer maiden, Io, and the river-god Nilus, and was a king in Egypt.

Aegyptus (disambiguation)

Aegyptus is a mythological king of Egypt and son of Belus and the naiad Achiroe.

Aegyptus may also refer to:

Egypt or Aegyptus

Aegypius (mythology) or Aegyptus, another figure in Greek mythology

Aegyptus (province) or Egypt, a Roman province

Aegyptus (mythology)

In Greek mythology, Aegyptus or Ægyptus (/ɪˈdʒɪptəs/; Ancient Greek: Αἴγυπτος, Aigyptos means "burnt-face") may refer to the following related characters:

Aegyptus, son of Zeus and Thebe of Egypt and thus, can be considered brother to the earlier Heracles. He may be the same or different with the one below.

Aegyptus, king of Egypt and son of Belus and the naiad Achiroe.

Aegyptus, son of the above mentioned Aegyptus and Gorgo. He either married the Danaid Dioxippe or Polyxena and was killed by his bride on their wedding night. See Sons of Aegyptus


Agenor (; Ancient Greek: Ἀγήνωρ Agēnor; English translation: 'heroic, manly') was in Greek mythology and history a Phoenician king of Tyre. Herodotus estimates that Agenor lived sometime before the year 2000 BC.

Anchiroe (mythology)

In Greek mythology, Anchiroe (Ancient Greek: Αγχιροη Ankhiroê means "pouring flow") may refer to the following figures:

Anchiroe, an Arcadian nymph and nurse of the god Zeus.

Anchiroe, Argive daughter of the river god Erasinus. She is known for having received Britomartis.

Anchiroe, daughter of the river god Chremetes, wife of Psyllus, the man who made war against Notus, and mother by him of Crataigonos, a Libyan who joined Dionysusin his Indian campaign.

Anchiroe or Achiroe, daughter of Nilus and wife of Belus.

Anchiroe, consort of Sithon.

Belus (Egyptian)

In Greek mythology, Belus (Ancient Greek: Βῆλος Bē̂los) was a king of Egypt and father of Aegyptus and Danaus and (usually) brother to Agenor. The wife of Belus has been named as Achiroe, or Side (eponym of the Phoenician city of Sidon).Diodorus Siculus claims that Belus founded a colony on the river Euphrates, and appointed the priests-astrologers whom the Babylonians call Chaldeans who like the priests of Egypt are exempt from taxation and other service to the state.


In Greek mythology, Danaë (, as personal name also ; Ancient Greek: Δανάη, Ancient Greek: [daˈna.ɛː], Modern: [ðaˈna.i]) was an Argive princess and mother of the hero Perseus by Zeus. She was credited with founding the city of Ardea in Latium during the Bronze Age.


In Greek mythology, Erebus , also Erebos (Ancient Greek: Ἔρεβος, Érebos, "deep darkness, shadow" or "covered"), was often conceived as a primordial deity, representing the personification of darkness; for instance, Hesiod's Theogony identifies him as one of the first five beings in existence, born of Chaos.

Libya (mythology)

Libya (Ancient Greek: Λιβύη) is the daughter of Epaphus, King of Egypt, in both Greek and Roman mythology. She personified the land of Ancient Libya in North Africa, from which the name of modern-day Libya originated.

Lynceus of Argos

In Greek mythology, Lynceus (; Ancient Greek: Λυγκεύς, Lungeús means "lynx-eyed") was a king of Argos, succeeding Danaus on the throne.


The Nesoi (Greek Nῆσοι "islands"), in ancient Greek religion, were the goddesses of islands. Each island was said to have its own personification. They were classified as one of the Protogenoi, otherwise known as ancient elemental Greek primordial deities. The Nesoi were thought to have been Ourea who were cast under the sea during one of Poseidon's rages.

Ocalea (mythology)

In Greek mythology, Ocalea or Ocaleia (Ancient Greek: Ὠκάλεια) was an Argive queen as the wife of King Abas. She was the daughter of Mantineus and by her husband, she became the mother of twin sons, Acrisius and Proetus. Often, she was referred to as Aglaïa.

Perses (Titan)

Perses (; Ancient Greek: Πέρσης) was the son of the Titan Crius and Eurybia. His name is derived from the Ancient Greek word perthō (πέρθω – "to sack", "to ravage", "to destroy"), the fact of which may have given scholars the impression that Perses was perhaps the Titan god of destruction. He was wed to Asteria (daughter of Phoebe and Coeus). They had one child noted in mythology, Hecate, honoured by Zeus above all others as the goddess of magic, crossroads, and witchcraft.

Phoenix of Phoenicia

In Greek mythology, Phoenix or Phoinix (Ancient Greek: Φοῖνιξ Phoinix, gen.: Φοίνικος means "sun-red") is the eponym of Phoenicia who together with his brothers were tasked to find their abducted sister Europa.


In Greek mythology, Rhadamanthus () or Rhadamanthys (Ancient Greek: Ῥαδάμανθυς) was a wise king of Crete. In later accounts he is said to be one of the judges of the dead.

Side (mythology)

In Greek mythology, Side (Ancient Greek: Σίδη 'pomegranate) or Sida was the name of the following figures:

Side, eponym of the city of Sidon in Phoenicia. She was the wife of Belus, king of Egypt and the possible mother of his children. Otherwise, the wife of Belus was called Achiroe, daughter of the river-god Nilus.

Side, one of the Danaïdes, also condemned to Tartarus for murdering her husband. From her, a town in Laconia was believed to derived its name from.

Side, the first wife of Orion and mother of his daughters Metioche and Menippe. She was cast by Hera into Hades because she rivaled herself to be more beautiful than the goddess. Modern scholars interpreted that the supposed marriage of Orion to Side ('pomegranate') is a mythical expression for the ripening of the fruit at the season when the constellation Orion is visible in the nightly sky.

Sparta (mythology)

In Greek mythology, Sparta (Doric Greek: Σπάρτα, Spártā; Attic Greek: Σπάρτη, Spártē) was the daughter of King Eurotas of Laconia. She was wife of King Lacedaemon (also her uncle) by whom she became the mother of Amyclas and Eurydice, wife of King Acrisius of Argos. The city of Sparta is said to have been named after her; however, the city was often called Lacedaemon as well. The two names were used interchangeably. Sparta was represented on a sacrificial tripod at Amyclae.

She was said to be a fair and beautiful maiden worth defending and protecting at all costs. Villages and armies would often shout her name before entering battle representing what they were fighting for.


In Greek mythology, the name Thronia (Ancient Greek: Θρωνία) or Thronie (Θρωνίη) may refer to:

Thronia, daughter of King Belus of Egypt and possibly of either Achiroe or Side. She was the mother of Arabus, the eponym of Arabia, by Hermes.

Thronia, a Naiad nymph, mother of Abderus by Poseidon and the eponym of the city Thronion in Opuntian Locris.

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