A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology

Smith, William

A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology. William Smith, LLD, ed. 1890

or AUGEIA (Αὔγη or Αὐγεία), a daughter of Aleus and Neaera, was a priestess of Athena, and having become by Heracles the mother of a son, she concealed him in the temple of the goddess. In consequence of this profanation of the sanctuary, the country was visited by a scarcity; and when Aleus was informed by an oracle that the temple of Athena was profaned by something unholy, he searched and found the child in it, and ordered him to be exposed on mount Parthenion, where he was suckled by a stag (ἔλαφος), whence the boy derived the name of Telephus. Auge was surrendered to Nauplius, who was to kill her, but he gave her to Teuthras, king of the Mysians, who made her his wife. (Apollod. 2.7.4, 3.9.1.) The same story is related with some modifications by Pausanias (8.4.6, 48.5), Diodorus (4.33), Hyginus (Hyg. Fab. 99), and Tzetzes (ad Lycoph. 206;). Respecting her subsequent meeting with her son Telephus, see TELEPHUS. Her tomb was shewn in the time of Pausanias (8.4.6) at Pergamus in Mysia. Auge was represented by Polygnotus in the Lesche of Delphi. (10.28.4.) Another mythical personage of this name, one of the Horae, occurs in Hyginus. (Fab. 183.)