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Io, the priestess of Hera in Argos

Last Update: 21 Mar 2021


Io, the priestess of Hera in Argos
Io was a daughter of the river-god Inachus in Argolis, and a granddaughter of the Titan Oceanus. She was the priestess of Hera and a mistress of Zeus, king of the gods.


One day, as Io was walking around, she was noticed by Zeus, who was mesmerized by her beauty and fell in love with her. Io tried to escape, but in vain, for Zeus spread dark night and prevented her escape.


Soon Hera became suspicious of her husband's absence and she ordered Nyx, the goddess of night, to withdraw so that she could learn of the illicit affair. In a flash, Zeus transformed his lover into a white cow to escape his wife's wrath.

However, Hera did not admit defeat. She forced Zeus with an oath to reject his illicit relationship and bring the animal to her. Zeus was forced to retreat, so Hera took the cow and placed it under the supervision of Argos, a giant who was related to her and had a hundred eyes scattered all over his body.


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