Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Καρμη Karmê Carme Cut, Crop, Shear

KARME (or Carme) was a Cretan demi-goddess of the harvest. Her name was derived from the word karma a form of keirô, "to cut," "crop" or "shear." She was a daughter of Euboulos--probably a demi-god of ploughing--and the mother of the huntress Britomartis by Zeus. Karme's male counterpart was her grandfather Karmanor, the Cretan consort of the goddess Demeter.

[1] EUBOULOS (Pausanias 2.30.3, Diodorus Siculus 5.76.3)
[2] PHOINIX & KASSIOPEA (Antoninus Liberalis 40)
[1] BRITOMARTIS (by Zeus) (Pausanias 2.30.3, Diodorus Siculus 5.76.3, Antoninus Liberalis 40)


CARME (Karmê), a daughter of Eubulus, who became by Zeus the mother of Britomartis. (Paus. ii. 30. § 2.) Antoninus Liberalis (40) describes her as a grand-daughter of Agenor, and daughter of Phoenix.

Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.

Diodorus Siculus, Library of History 5. 76. 3 (trans. Oldfather) (Greek historian C1st B.C.) :
"Britomartis, who is also called Diktynna, the myths relate, was born at Kaino (Caeno) in Krete (Crete) of Zeus and Karme (Carme), the daughter of Euboulos (Eubulus) who was the son of Demeter; she invented the nets (diktya) which are used in hunting."

Pausanias, Description of Greece 2. 30. 3 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"The Kretans (Cretans) say, the story of Aphaia [Britomartis] is Kretan, that Karmanor (Carmanor), who purified Apollon after he killed Pytho, was the father of Euboulos (Eubulus), and that the daughter of Zeus and of Karme (Carme), the daughter of Euboulos, was Britomartis."

Antoninus Liberalis, Metamorphoses 40 (trans. Celoria) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.) :
"Kassiepeia (Cassiepea), daughter of Arabios, and Phoinix, son of Agenor, had a daughter Karme (Carme) [i.e. the sister of Europa of Krete]. Zeus made love to her and fathered Britomartis who avoided the company of mankind and yearned to be a virgin for always. She arrived in Argos from Phoinikia (Phoenicia)."


  • Diodorus Siculus, The Library of History - Greek History C1st B.C.
  • Pausanias, Description of Greece - Greek Travelogue C2nd A.D.
  • Antoninus Liberalis, Metamorphoses - Greek Mythography C2nd A.D.