circa 1677 BCE — Zeus seduces Maia

The eldest and most beautiful of the seven Pleiades (also known as the Atlantides), Maia had a tryst with Zeus in a cave of Cyllene (where Maia herself had been born) in the middle of the night – Zeus was trying to avoid the jealous attentions of Hera, and the protectiveness of Maia’s father, the Titan Atlas.

Maia gave birth to Hermes, who would become one of the twelve great Olympians. She also cared for another of Zeus’ offspring, Arcas, the son of Callisto – Callisto herself had been transformed into a bear by Hera and could not raise her own child.

Hermes Maia Staatliche Antikensammlungen 2304

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