Famous Greek Women

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Cleopatra
(Queen of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt (51 - 30 BC))
Cleopatra
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Birthdate: 0069 BC
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: July 31, 0030

The last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom and the last true pharaoh of Egypt, Cleopatra is described as an extremely beautiful woman who was also intelligent and educated with command over numerous languages. Her romance and military alliances with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony have inspired numerous art works.

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Maria Callas
(One of the Most Renowned and Influential Opera Singers of the 20th Century)
Maria Callas
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Birthdate: December 2, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: September 16, 1977
Greek soprano Maria Callas, also known as “La Divina,” is considered one of the greatest opera singers of the 20th century. The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winner was also in the news for her affair with shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, her rivalry with Renata Tebaldi, and her gradually declining vocal ability.
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Medusa
(Queen)
Medusa
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Birthplace: Greece

One of the 3 monster-like creatures from Greek mythology, known as the Gorgons, Medusa was a winged woman with a head full of snakes instead of hair and could turn people into stone with her stare. Perseus could kill her, as she was the only mortal Gorgon.

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Arianna Huffington
(Co-Founder of 'The Huffington Post' and the Founder & CEO of 'Thrive Global')
Arianna Huffington
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Birthdate: July 15, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Arianna Huffington is a Greek-American author, businesswoman, and syndicated columnist. She is credited with co-founding the popular news aggregator and blog, The Huffington Post. She is also the founder of Thrive Global, for which she also serves as the CEO. She has been featured on lists, such as Time magazine's 100 most influential people and Forbes magazine's Most Powerful Women.

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Helen of Troy
(Daughter of Zeus)
Helen of Troy
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Birthplace: Greece
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Persephone
(Queen)
Persephone
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Birthplace: Greece

Greek goddess Persephone, the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, was abducted by Hades while collecting flowers in Nysa. She had eaten a pomegranate seed in the underworld, which meant she had to spend one-third of the year with Hades and couldn’t be freed completely. She thus became the queen of the underworld.

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Sappho
(Archaic Greek Lyric Poet)
Sappho
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Birthdate: 0630 AD
Birthplace: Lesbos, Greece
Died: 0570 AD
Sappho was a lyric poet from Lesbos, in the 6th-7th century B.C. Known as the “Tenth Muse,” she wrote the Ode to Aphrodite and the Tithonus poem. Though her sexuality is still debated, she gave rise to the terms “sapphic” and “lesbian,” used to denote love and desire between women. 
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Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark
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Birthdate: June 22, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tatoi Palace, Tatoi, Greece
Died: November 16, 1937
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Medea
(Daughter of King Aeëtes)
Medea
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Birthplace: Greece
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Nike
(Goddess)
Nike
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Birthplace: Greece

The ancient Greek goddess of victory, Nike was the daughter of the giant Pallas and the river Styx. While she is usually depicted as winged, she is wingless when she appears as an attendant of Athena, the goddess of wisdom and warfare, or Zeus. The Romans worshipped her as Victoria.

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Amazons
(Queen)
Amazons
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Birthplace: Greece

The Amazons were a race of warrior women in Greek mythology. One of the tasks for Heracles, or Hercules, was to acquire the girdle of Hippolyte. Penthesilea, Hyppolyte’s sister participated in the Trojan War to fight for Troy but was killed by Achilles. They were also associated with Dionysus.

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Andromeda
(Daughter of Aethiopia)
Andromeda
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Birthplace: Greece
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Cassandra
(Queen)
Cassandra
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Birthplace: Greece

The daughter of Priam and Hecuba, Cassandra was the sister of Greek Trojan hero Hector. Described as stunningly beautiful in Homer’s Iliad, she was raped by Ajax the Lesser during the fall of Troy. Her rape by Ajax later became one of the most depicted scenes in Greek art and sculpture.

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Styx
(Queen)
Styx
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Birthplace: Greece

In Greek mythology, Styx is the river that borders the Earth and the Underworld. Charon ferried dead people’s souls across the Styx to the world of Hades. It is believed that Thetis dipped her son, Achilles, into the Styx, which made him invulnerable, except for his heels, which Thetis held while dipping him.

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Eris
(Goddess)
Eris
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Birthplace: Unknown

The daughter of Nyx and Hesiod, Eris is the Greek goddess of strife. Eris was the only one not invited to the marriage of Peleus and Thetis, and thus threw a golden apple, “for the most beautiful,” while Paris awarded it to Aphrodite, angering Athena and Hera. Eris thus initiated the Trojan War.

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Christina Onassis
(Businessperson, Socialite)
Christina Onassis
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Birthdate: December 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 19, 1988

The daughter of Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, Christina Onassis had an unhappy life. She lost both her parents shortly after her brother’s accidental death. She married and divorced 4 times and had a long struggle with eating disorders. She tragically died of a heart attack at 37.

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Pandora
(Queen)
Pandora
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Birthplace: Greece

In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman and was created by Hephaestus on Zeus’s orders. When Epimetheus married Pandora, she opened her jar, which contained all sorts of evils and miseries, and threw them upon the Earth, barring Hope, which couldn’t escape before the lid was shut.

Queen Sofía of Spain
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Birthdate: November 2, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tatoi Palace, Greece
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Leto
(Daughter of Coeus)
Leto
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Birthplace: Greece
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Ariadne
(Queen)
Ariadne
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Birthplace: Greece

Ariadne was the daughter of Cretan king Minos and Pasiphae. Her love for Theseus made her help him escape the Labyrinth with a string of jewels. It is believed, she was later rejected by Theseus and either killed herself or married Dionysus, the god of wine.

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Maria Sakkari
(Tennis player)
Maria Sakkari
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Birthdate: July 25, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Athens, Greece

The daughter of former WTA player Angelikí Kanellopoúlou, Sakkari was introduced to tennis at age six. Greek tennis sensation Maria Sakkari has had a career-high ranking of number 6 in singles. Known for her aggressive style, Sakkari was born and raised in Athens but moved to Barcelona at 18 to train.

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Erinyes
(Queen)
Erinyes
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Birthplace: Greece
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Scylla
(Queen)
Scylla
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Birthplace: Greece
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Pythia
(Priestess)
Pythia
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Birthplace: greece
Artemisia I of Caria
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Birthplace: Halicarnassus, Greece

Artemisia I was the queen of Halicarnassus in the district of Caria and also ruled Kos, Kalymnos, and Nisyros. She joined hands with Xerxes I, the ruler of Persia, during his invasion of Greece. She commanded 5 ships of the invading navy but requested Xerxes to retreat after suffering heavy losses.

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Antigone
(Daughter of Oedipus)
Antigone
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Birthplace: Greece
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Lamia
(Queen)
Lamia
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Birthplace: Greece

Lamia was, according to Greek mythology, a female demon who ate children. Some accounts state she was a queen of Libya and a lover of Zeus. When a jealous Hera kidnapped and killed Lamia’s children with Zeus, Lamia became a child-eating monster. She appears as a seductress in John Keats’s Lamia.

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Aegis
(Queen)
Aegis
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Birthplace: Greece

The aegis was a shield forged by the Cyclopes and carried by Athena and Zeus. It was sometimes depicted as a piece of animal skin worn by the gods to protect themselves. Legend has it that the shield was adorned by the head of a Gorgon and also roared during battles.

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Thetis
(Queen)
Thetis
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Birthplace: Greece

Thetis appears in Greek mythology as a sea nymph and one of the 50 daughters of Nereus, the sea god. The gods, fearful that she would bear a son who would be more powerful than his father, gave her away to the mortal king Peleus. She was the mother of Achilles.

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Olga Constantinovna of Russia
(Queen consort of the Hellenes)
Olga Constantinovna of Russia
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Birthdate: September 3, 1851
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pavlovsk, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: June 18, 1926

Olga Constantinovna of Russia was the oldest daughter of Grand Duke Constantine Nikolaievich and his wife, Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Altenburg. She was married to King George I of Greece and was the queen consort of Greece as his wife. In this role, she became involved in social and charitable work and founded hospitals and schools. 

Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark
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Birthdate: May 30, 1906
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tatoi Royal Palace, Greece
Died: October 16, 1969
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Ariane Labed
(Actress)
Ariane Labed
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Birthdate: May 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
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Nana Mouskouri
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Birthdate: October 13, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chania, Greece

Greek pop icon Nana Mouskouri soared to fame all over Europe with her track The White Rose of Athens. She has sung in a wide range of languages, including German, Italian, Chinese, and Dutch. Dubbed Europe’s Barbra Streisand, she also sang the theme song of the Oscar-nominated movie The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

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Olympias
(Mother of Alexander the Great and Queen of Macedonia (357 - 316 BC))
Olympias
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Birthdate: 0375 AD
Birthplace: Epirus, Greece
Died: 0316 AD

Olympias served as the queen of Macedonia from 357 to 316 BC. As the mother of Alexander the Great, Olympias played an important role in Alexander's life. An extremely influential figure during Alexander's reign, Olympias was regarded as the de facto leader of Macedon during her son's conquests. Not surprisingly, Olympias is often depicted in stories that narrate Alexander's life.

Queen Anne-Marie of Greece
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Birthdate: August 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amalienborg, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Eos
(Daughter of the Titan)
Eos
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Birthplace: Greece
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Penelope
(Queen)
Penelope
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Birthplace: Greece
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Charybdis
(Queen)
Charybdis
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Birthplace: Greece

A sea monster who lived in the Strait of Messina, Charybdis often appeared as a whirlpool and wrecked sailors. While she lived under a rock, Scylla, another monster, lived opposite her, and if a sailor could avoid one, he couldn’t avoid the other. They challenged heroes such as Odysseus and Aeneas.

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Hippolyta
(Daughter of Ares)
Hippolyta
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Birthplace: Greece
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Dryad
(Queen)
Dryad
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Birthplace: Greece

In Greek mythology, tree nymphs or nature spirits were called dryads. They were at times specifically associated with oak trees and either appeared as exquisitely beautiful women or as human-tree hybrids. They were of different types, such as the hamadryads, which died with the trees they lived in.

Gorgo, Queen of Sparta
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Birthdate: 0506 AD
Birthplace: Greece

The only child of Spartan king Cleomenes I, Gorgo later married Cleomenes’s successor and half-brother, Leonidas, thus becoming the queen of Sparta. She was a child when she warned her father against Aristagoras, who tried his best to bribe Cleomenes to have him as an ally after the Ionian revolt.

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Maenad
(Queen)
Maenad
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Birthplace: Greece

The Maenads were the female followers of Dionysus, the god of wine. Since Dionysus was also known as Bacchus in Roman mythology, the Maenads were also called the Bacchantes. They often engaged in frenzied dances, and a group of Maenads even killed musician Orpheus when he refused to entertain them.

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Briseis
(Queen)
Briseis
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Birthplace: Greece
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Metis
(Daughters of Oceanus)
Metis
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Birthplace: Greece
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Andromache
(Daughter of Eetion)
Andromache
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Birthplace: Greece
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Irene Papas
(Greek Actress and Singer Best Known for Her Films: 'The Trojan Women' and 'Antigone')
Irene Papas
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Birthdate: September 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chiliomodi, Greece

Irene Papas is a popular Greek actress and singer who has played powerful women in films and stage plays in an illustrious career spanning over five decades. Widely regarded as the quintessential Greek beauty, Papas has won many awards, including the Golden Arrow Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

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Megara
(Princess)
Megara
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Birthplace: Greece

The first wife of Heracles, Megara was also the eldest daughter of Theban king Creon. The king gave her away to Heracles for his help in winning back his kingdom, Thebes, from the Minyans. Hera, who hated Heracles, made him kill Megara and their children in a fit of rage.

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Iris
(Queen)
Iris
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Birthplace: Greece
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Mnemosyne
(Queen)
Mnemosyne
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Birthplace: Greece

The Greek goddess of memory, Mnemosyne gave birth to the 9 Muses after Zeus, her nephew, spent 9 nights with her in Pieria. The daughter of Uranus and Gaea, she was a titaness. An Orphic inscription asks dead souls to avoid drinking from Lethe and to drink from Mnemosyne, the pool of memory.

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Naiad
(Queen)
Naiad
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Birthplace: Greece

Ever pondered about what makes the Greek women stand out among the rest of the world? They are known for their strong beliefs toward setting the high standards for the future generation. Not just that, Greek women are also in the spotlight for their simple outlook towards beauty standards. They go by the 'Less is more' when it comes to beauty mantras and use makeup to enhance their already beautiful natural features, and not to 'cover up' their imperfections. Now let's take a look at the famous Greek women and their contribution towards making the world better in their small way. Dora Bakoyannis, Greece's first foreign minister, was herself a victim of terrorism but did not let that stop her from doing great things for the nation. Jennifer Aniston, Hollywood's favourite is part Greek from her paternal side. Vicky Papadopoulou is one of the prettiest Greek actresses in Greece. Read on and find out more about other famous Greek women!