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In mythology, priestess of Hera at the Argive Heraion. Zeus seduces her, but when Hera discovers, she is transformed into a white cow, and tethered to an olive‐tree in the Heraion grove with the monster Argos as guard. Hermes kills Argos, but Hera inflicts a gadfly upon the bovine Io, who now wanders distraught around the world (in Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound past the remote Caucasus to receive a lecture from the enchained Prometheus) until finally she reaches Egypt, where with a touch of his hand Zeus restores her, and soon Epaphus is born to her, the ancestor of Danaus who will return to Argos with the Danaids, his daughters.

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