Lies, Betty Bonham
October 1999
Earth's Daughters: Stories of Women in Classical Mythology;1999, p32
This article presents the story of Io, a character in Greek mythology. One day, as Io was coming away from her father's river, the god Zeus saw her, and was smitten by her beauty. He said, Lovely creature, how beautiful you are--worthy of the love of Zeus himself! But this sun is too hot for you. Go and rest in the shade of the woods. Through the meadows Io ran. But the god had many powers, and he hid the entire countryside in a thick black cloud, so that it was too dark for Io to keep running. Zeus caught up with her. Meanwhile, from where she sat in the heavens, Hera was gazing down at the country she loved so well, and she noticed a dark cloud hanging over just one spot--and in the middle of the brightest day, too. Her suspicions were aroused along with her curiosity, and she looked around for her husband. Zeus had a way of falling for other women; she had caught him at that more than once.


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