MAERA

ΜΑΙΡΑ

1. The faithful dog of Icarius which was placed amongst the stars as the constellation Canis Major. [See ICARIUS, No. 1.]

2. A daughter of Nereus. (Hom. Il. xviii. 48.)

3. A daughter of Proetus and Anteia, was one of the companions of Artemis, but was killed by her after she had become by Zeus the mother of Locrus; others, however, state that she died as a virgin. (Hom. Od. xi. 325; Eustath. ad Hom. p. 1688.) She was represented by Polygnotus in the Lesche at Delphi. (Paus. x. 30. § 2.)

4. One of the four daughters of Erasinus of Argos. (Anton. Lib. 40.)

5. A daughter of Atlas, was married to Tegeates, the son of Lycaon. Her tomb was shown both at Tegea and Mantineia in Arcadia. and Pausanias thinks that she was the same as the Maera whom Odysseus saw in Hades. (Paus. viii. 12. § 4, 48. § 4, 53. § 1; Völcker, Mythol. des Iapet. Geschl. p. 114.)