Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Αργιοπη Argiopê Argiope Silver-Faced
(argyros, ops)
ARGIOPE was a Naiad Nymph of the town of Eleusis (southern Greece). She was the mother by Poseidon of Kerkyon (Cercyon), a brutal Eleusinian king slain by the hero Theseus.

Her name, meaning "Of the Silver Face", suggests that she was the Nymphe of a sparkling spring or brook.

Perhaps a daughter of the River KEPHISOS
KERKYON (by Brankhos) (Apollodorus E1.3)

Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca E1. 3 (trans. Aldrich) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.) :
"[Theseus] slew Kerkyon, son of Brankhos and a Nymphe named Argiope [of Eleusis]."


  • Apollodorus, The Library - Greek Mythography C2nd BC