CHLORIS

ΧΛΩΡΙΣ

1. A daughter of the Theban Amphion and Niobe. According to an Argive tradition, her original name was Meliboea, and she and her brother Amyclas were the only children of Niobe that were not killed by Apollo and Artemis. But the terror of Chloris at the death of her brothers and sisters was so great, that she turned perfectly white, and was therefore called Chloris. She and her brother built the temple of Leto at Argos, which contained a statue of Chloris also. (Paus. ii. 21. § 10.) According to an Olympian legend, she once gained the prize in the footrace during the festival of Hera at Olympia. (Paus. v. 16. § 3.) Apollodorus (iii. 5. § 6) and Hyginus (Fab. 10, 69) confound her with Chloris, the wife of Neleus.

2. A daughter of Amphion, the ruler of Orchomenos, by Persephone, the daughter of Minyas. She was the wife of Neleus, king of Pylos, and became by him the mother of Nestor, Chromius, Periclymenos, and Pero. (Hom. Od. xi. 281, &c.; Paus. x. 36. § 4, x. 29. § 2; Apollod. i. 9. § 9.)

3. The wife of Zephyrus, and the goddess of flowers, so that she is identical with the Roman Flora. (Ov. Fast. v. 195.)

4. There are two more mythical personages of the name of Chloris. (Hygin. Fab. 14; Anton. Lib. 9.) [See PERICLYMENUS, No. 2 and PIERUS, No. 2.]