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Chrysothemis or Khrysothemis (; Ancient Greek: Χρυσόθεμις, "Golden Justice"), is a name ascribed to several characters in Greek mythology.[1]

Most prominently among these, Chrysothemis was a daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra.[2] Unlike her sister, Electra, Chrysothemis did not protest or enact vengeance against their mother for having an affair with Aegisthus and then killing their father.

She appears in Sophocles's Electra.

Other characters named Chrysothemis include:



  • Chrysothemis, the first winner of the oldest contest held at the Pythian Games, the singing of a hymn to Apollo. He was a son of Demeter and Carmanor, the priest who cleansed Apollo for the killing of Python.[6]
  • Chrysothemis, an ancient Greek sculptor.[7]


  1. ^ Smith (1873), "Chryso'themis" (1)
  2. ^ Homer, Iliad, 9.287; Bibliotheca, Epitome 2.16
  3. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae 170
  4. ^ Diodorus Siculus, Library of History, 5.62; Hyginus, Poetic Astronomy 2.25; Rigoglioso, p. 113; Smith (1873), "Rhoeo ", "Pa'rthenos "
  5. ^ Walters. p. 92
  6. ^ Smith (1873), "Chryso'themis" (1); Pausanias, Description of Greece 10.7.2; Manas, p. 121; Avery, p. 284 Grimal, "Carmanor" p. 89
  7. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 6.10.5; Smith (1873) "Chryso'themis " (2); Smith (1890). "STATUA´RIA ARS".


  • Avery, Catherine B. The New Century Classical Handbook, Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1962. p. 284.
  • Grimal, Pierre, The Dictionary of Classical Mythology, Wiley-Blackwell, 1996, ISBN 978-0-631-20102-1. "Carmanor"
  • Manas, John H., Divination Ancient and Modern: An Historical Archaeological and Philosophical Approach to Seership and Christian Religion, Kessinger Publishing, 2004. ISBN 978-1-4179-4991-5. p. 121
  • Walters, Henry Beauchamp and Samuel Birch, History of ancient pottery: Greek, Etruscan, and Roman, Volume 2, J. Murray, 1905. p.92.
  • Perseus Encyclopedia, "Chrysothemis"
  • Rigoglioso, Marguerite, The Cult of Divine Birth in Ancient Greece, Macmillan, 2009. ISBN 978-0-230-61477-2. p. 113.
  • Smith, William; Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, London (1873).
  • Smith, William; A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London (1890).
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