Io and Zeus22-01-2013 21:34Io is the beautiful daughter of Inachos, god of the greatest river of the region of Argolid in Peloponnese and the founder of the dynasty of Inachids who ruled the kingdom of Argos.
Io was appointed by her father to be the virgin priestess of Argive Hera, but as soon as Zeus saw her beauty he aimed to seduce her. Zeus, in order to keep his relationship with her in secret of his jealous wife Hera, turned Io into a cow with a touch of his hand.
Hera did not believe her husband and demanded the cow to be handed over to her. Hera took the cow and sent Argos Panoptes to guard her. Argos Panoptes was a never-sleeping giant who had eyes all over his body.
Zeus was determined to take the cow back and ordered god Hermes to steal the cow and get her to him. Although, Hermes’ actual intention was not to kill the giant, a hawk betrayed him to Argos Panoptes and Hermes finally cut off his head with a sickle and took the cow. Out of the drops of blood of the dead Argos a peacock was sprang up, with the giant’s eyes up into its tail.
Despite the fact that the cow has been released, she found no peace as Hera sent a godfly to sting her and the cow was forced into roaming all over the world. Io was sent to her wanderings by Hera, who wanted to keep her husband apart from Io, but finally failed as Zeus got her pregnant while she was in Egypt.
Io found some relief when she arrived in Egypt, where Zeus restored her to her human form and she give birth to a son, Epaphos, beside the banks of the Nile. Io was identified with the Egyptian goddess Isis, and her son Epaphos with the bull-god Apis. Io got married to Telegonos, the king of the Egyptians and her son Epaphos was adopted by her husband as his successor in the kingdom of Egypt.
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