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Aegle (Ancient Greek: Αἴγλη) is the name of several different figures in Greek mythology:

  • Aegle, one of the daughters of Asclepius by Epione, according to the Suda[1] or by Lampetia,[2] the daughter of the Sun, according to Hermippus.[3] Her name is said to have derived from "Αἴγλη" ("Aegle"), meaning "Brightness," or "Splendor," either from the beauty of the human body when in good health, or from the honor paid to the medical profession.[4]
  • Aegle, the most beautiful of the Naiads, daughter of Zeus and Neaera,[5] by whom Helios begot the Charities.[6]
  • Aegle, one of the Heliades, a sister of Phaeton, and daughter of Helios and Clymene.[7] In her grief at the death of her brother she and her sisters were changed into poplars.
  • Aegle, one of the Hesperides.[8][9]
  • Aegle, daughter of Panopeus, who was beloved by Theseus, and for whom he forsook Ariadne.[10][11][12]


  1. Suda, s.v. Ἠπιόνη
  2. Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia 35. 40. § 31
  3. Hermippus, in Scholia in Aristophanes, Plutos 701
  4. Greenhill, William Alexander (1867), "Aegle (5)", in Smith, William, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, 1, Boston, pp. 27, 
  5. Virgil, Eclogues 6. 20
  6. Pausanias, 9. 35. § 1
  7. Hyginus, Fabulae 154, 156
  8. Bibliotheca 2. 5. § 11
  9. Servius on Aeneid 4. 484
  10. Plutarch, Theseus 20
  11. Athenaeus, Banquet of The Learned, 13. p. 557
  12. Schmitz, Leonhard (1867), "Aegle (1), (2), (3) and (4)", in Smith, William, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, 1, Boston, pp. 27, 


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