Study Guide


  • Introduction

    All the crazy stuff that happens in the story of Io would be right at home on the front page of any tabloid today.

    Zeus, Caught in the Act!
    Io Seduced, Shamed, Transformed!
    Hera Seeks Awful Revenge!

    Doesn't this sound like stuff you'd read in line at the grocery store? And it's all straight from this super ancient myth. Check it out: you've got a young, sexy nymph seduced by a corrupt politician dude. They almost get busted by his wife so the guy disguises his lover. The wife doesn't buy it, though, so she has the lover imprisoned and tortured.

    Are you kidding us? How many trashy magazines would that sell?

    Whether you admit to reading gossip rags or just sneakily check out the headlines while you're waiting in line, there's no doubt we're interested. The more sensational the headline, the more we want to know all the dirt. And trust us: the story of Io does not disappoint.

    • Best of the Web

      Io Resources


      Home on the Range
      Check it out. And entire book devoted to the place of cows in Ancient Greek culture. Someone is one step ahead of us.


      Titans Getting Their Clash On
      So the version of Io who guides Perseus in the Hollywood blockbuster, Clash of the Titans, doesn't have a whole lot to do with the Io from Greek mythology, but we sure do like her name.

      Historical Documents

      Bully for Baldwin
      Io gets some friendly advice from Prometheus, another victim of Zeus, in James Baldwin's version of the tale.

      Bulfinch is no Bull
      Our buddy Bulfinch lays out the Greek myths like nobody's business. The story of Io is totally included.


      Baldwin Does Io
      Don't feel like reading the story of Io? Check out this audio version of the story read by James Baldwin.

      Don't worry if your parents don't read you bedtime stories anymore. You can hear Ovid's version of Io's tale from his Metamorphoses right here.