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The ancient Greek Gods and Goddess contain a wealth of stories and legends, wrapped in Myths which typically provide a story with a morale code designed to influence the reader into behaviour as fitting Greek culture of the era.
In this article, we look at Chione and the myths and legends surrounding Chione, Chione relationship to and with other Greek Gods and Goddess and key events and stories which relate to ancient astrology and the changing seasons.
She was the daughter of Daedalion, the son of Lucifer, or Hesopheros, the father of Ceryx. Chione [snow queen] was so beautiful that she attracted numerous admirers, and when Hermes and Apollo on their way home after a visit to earth, they were overcome with ardent lust, Hermes not known for his patience, used his magic to cause Chione to fall into a deep sleep, and then raped her, but Apollo waited till the evening and visited her disguised as an old woman. Because of this Chione gave birth to twins, one named Autolycus [the wolf himself] by Hermes, who grew up to possess all the bad points of his father; the other called Philammon, who grew to have many of his father's good parts, being a great harp-lyre player with a beautiful singing voice. But Chione puffed up by such godly attention, foolish boasted that she was more beautiful than Artemis, a blasphemy that could not go unpunished and Artemis let fly an arrow that pierced her tongue and killed her. Her father was so overcome with grief that he tried to throw himself on her funeral prye, but after being restrained four times, he ran with incredidble speed through fields qnd woods till he reached the top of Mount Parnassus where he jumped, Apollo who had been on the mountain which he often visited, felt sorry for him and turned him into a hawk, moments before he hit the ground.