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In "Greek mythology, Helike ("/ˈhɛlɪk/; "Greek: Ἑλίκη, pronounced "[heˈlikɛː], modern Greek pronunciation: "[eˈlici]) was a name of several women. One was a "nymph and one was a Queen of "Chios.


List of Helikes[edit]

Zeus’ nurse[edit]

Helike nurtured god "Zeus in his infancy on "Crete.[1]

Her name suggests that she was a ""willow-nymph", just as there were "oak-tree nymphs and "ash-nymphs ("Dryads and "Meliae).

It is likely that she is the same as "Ide.

Ursa Major[edit]

Helike was in antiquity a common proper name for the "constellation "Ursa Major.[2]


Queen Helike was a wife of "King Oenopion of Chios and their children were:

Wife of Ion[edit]

This Helike was a wife of a man called "Ion and mother of woman called "Bura.

Ion built the city and named it after his wife. They were wed by "Selinus.


  1. ^ Aratus, Phaenomena 27 Archived 2005-04-03 at the "Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Aratus, Phaenomena, translation by A. W. Mair, G. R. Loeb
  3. ^ "Pausanias, Description of Greece, 7. 4. 8
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