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Mythology & Beliefs: Dione
In Greek and Roman Mythology, Dione was a Titan goddess; mother by Zeus of Aphrodite.

Dione in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (Διώνη), a female Titan, a daughter of Oceanus and Tethys (Hesiod. Theog. 353), and, according to others, of Uranus and Ge, or of Aether and Ge. (Hygin. Fab. Praef.; Apollod. 1.1.3.) She was beloved by Zeus, by whom she became the mother of Aphrodite. (Apollod. 1.3. sec; i.; Hornm. Il. 5.370, &c.) When Aphrodite was wounded by Diomedes, Dione received her daughter in Olympus, and pronounced the threat respecting the punishment of Diomedes. (Itom. Il. 5.405.) Dione was present, with other divinities, at the birth of Apollo and Artemis in Delos. (Hom. Hymn. in Del. 93.) At the foot of Lepreon, on the western coast of Peloponnesus, there was a grove sacred to her (Strab. viii. p.346), and in other places she was worshipped in the temples of Zeus. (Strab. vii. p.329.) In some traditions she is called the mother of Dionysus. (Schol. ad Pind. Pyth. 3.177; Hesych. s. v. Βάκχου Διώνης). There are three more mythical personages of this name. (Apollod. 1.2.7; Hyg. Fab. 83; Pherecyd. p. 115, ed. Sturz.) - A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, William Smith, Ed.

Dione in Wikipedia Dione, (Greek: Διώνη) pronounced /daɪˈoʊni/, in Greek mythology is a vague goddess presence who has her most concrete form in Book V of Homer's Iliad as the mother of Aphrodite. Aphrodite journeys to Dione's side after she has been wounded in battle while protecting her favorite son Aeneas. In this episode, Dione seems to be the equivalent of Gaia the Earth Mother, whom Homer also placed in Olympus, and to that extent might be classed as a "mother goddess".[1] Dione's Indo-European name is really less a name than simply a title: the "Goddess", etymologically a female form of Zeus. After the Iliad, Aphrodite herself was sometimes referred to as "Dionaea" and even "Dione", just "the goddess" (Peck 1898). Roman "Diana" has a similar etymology but is not otherwise connected with Dione...

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