Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Κλεωνη Kleônê Cleone Of the Town Cleonae

KLEONE (or Cleona) was the Naiad Nymph of the spring, well or fountain of the town of Kleonai (Cleonae) in Argos-Sikyonia, southern Greece. She was a daughter of the river-god Asopos.


[1.1] ASOPOS (Bacchylides Frag 9, Pausanias 2.15.1)
[1.2] ASOPOS & METOPE (Diodorus Siculus 4.72.1-5)


CLEO′NE (Kleônê), one of the daughters of Asopus, from-whom the town of Cleonae in Peloponnesus was believed to have derived its name. (Paus. ii. 15 § 1; Diod. iv. 74.)

Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.

Bacchylides, Fragment 9 (trans. Campbell, Vol. Greek Lyric IV) (C5th B.C.) :
"The bright-belted daughters [of Asopos] whom gods settled with happy fortunes as founders of invoilate cities. Who does not know of . . . Kleone (Cleone)."

Pausanias, Description of Greece 2. 15. 1 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"A small city Kleonai (Cleonae) [in Argolis]. They say that Kleones (Cleones) was a son of Pelops, though there are some who say Kleone (Cleone) was one of the daughters of Asopos, that flows by the side of Sikyon."

Diodorus Siculus, Library of History 4. 72. 1 (trans. Oldfather) (Greek historian C1st B.C.) :
"Asopos made his home in Phlios, where he married Metope, the daughter of Ladon, to whom were born two sons, Pelasgos and Ismenos, and twelve daughters, Korkyra (Corcyra) and Salamis, also Aigina, Peirene, and Kleone (Cleone), then Thebe, Tanagra, Thespeia, and Asopis, also Sinope, and finally Ornia and Khalkis (Chalcis)."


  • Greek Lyric IV Bacchylides, Fragments - Greek Lyric C5th BC
  • Pausanias, Guide to Greece - Greek Geography C2nd AD
  • Diodorus Siculus, The Library of History - Greek History C1st BC