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In Greek mythology, Dia (Greek: Δία or Δῖα, "heavenly", "divine" or "she who belongs to Zeus") may refer to:

  • Dia, a goddess venerated at Phlius and Sicyon. She was seen by the locals as identical to Hebe and/or Ganymeda.[1][2]
  • Dia, daughter of Deioneus or Eioneus, wife of Ixion (who killed her father so as to not pay the bride price) and mother of the Lapith Pirithous, whose marriage to Hippodameia was the occasion of the Lapiths' battle with the Centaurs. The father of Pirithous by her was Zeus, who approached her in the shape of a stallion; a folk etymology derived Pirithous' name from περιθεῖν "to run around", because that was what Zeus did to seduce Dia.[3][4]
  • Dia, alternate name for Hippodamia the wife of Pirithous (thus daughter-in-law of another Dia).[9]


  1. Strabo, Geographica 8. 6. 24, cf. Pausanias, Description of Greece, 2. 13. 3 for Ganymeda
  2. "Only another name for Hebe, the daughter of Hera", according to Karl Kerenyi (The Gods of the Greeks, 1951, p.159), who adds "and indeed was probably the name for Hera herself, as 'she who belongs to Zeus' or 'the heavenly one'—for this is the meaning of the word."
  3. Homer, Iliad 14.317; scholia on Iliad, 1. 268; on Odyssey, 11. 631; Diodorus Siculus, Library of History, 4. 69. 3; Eustathius of Thessalonica on Homer, § 101. 3; Hyginus, Fabulae, 155; scholia on Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica, 3. 62; Nonnus, Dionysiaca 7. 110-128; scholia on Pindar's Pythian Ode 2. 21 (39)
  4. Robert Graves, The Greek Myths 1960 §63a
  5. Tzetzes on Lycophron 480; scholia on Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica, 1. 1213; Etymologicum Magnum, 288. 33 (under Dryops)
  6. Scholia on Odyssey, 10. 6
  7. Scholia on Iliad, 2. 212
  8. Tzetzes, Chiliades, 7. 888
  9. Scholia on Shield of Heracles, 178
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