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In Greek mythology, Niobe was described as the daughter of Tantalus and Dione (or Eurythemista or Euryanassa) and the sister of Pelops and Broteas. Niobe was married to Amphion, king of Thebes, and had 7 sons and 7 daughters.Being proud of the number of her children, she deemed herself superior to Titan Leto, who had given birth only to two children (Apollo and Artemis).

As punishment for her pride, Apollo killed all Niobe’s sons, and Artemis killed all her daughters. According to some versions, one of Niobe sons, Amyclas, and one of her daughters, Meliboea, were saved. Their father, Amphion, at the sight of his dead sons killed himself or was killed by Apollo for having sworn revenge. Devastated, Niobe fled to Mount Sipylus.

For nine days their bodies lay in their blood without any one burying them, for Zeus had changed the people into stones, but on the tenth day the gods themselves buried them. Niobe, who had gone to mount Sipylus, was turned into stone, and, as she wept unceasingly, waters started to pour from her petrified complexion. Mount Sipylus indeed has a natural rock formation which resembles a female face, and it has been associated with Niobe since ancient times. The rock formation is also known as the "Weeping Rock."


Tantalus & Dione


Fourteen children (7 Girls & 7 Boys)