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Leucothea , known also by the name of Ino was the daughter of Cadmus and Hermione, and the second wife of Athamas. King of Thebes, by whom she had two sons, Learchus and Melicertus. According to Ovid , Learchus was dashed against a wall by his father Athamas, in a fit of

rage,

which afterwards induced him to set fire to his own palace. The unhappy Ino fled in dismay, bearing in her arms, her other son Melicertus, and precipated herself with him into the sea.

Maffei and other antiquarians had taken this statue for that of Rumilia , a goddess whom the Romans considered as having the care of children at the breast : Winckelmann had thought that it was a Diana Allevalrix, or a Ceres, who is said to have reared young Bacchus, or perhaps a Juno,

the nurse of Hercules : but farther reflections, on a passage in St. Clement of Alexandria, proved to him that it was an Ino, or Leucothea, both nurse and aunt to Bacchus.

The diadem worn by this statue, on its forehead, is quite distinct from any other tie , surrounding and keeping the hair together: it was all that remained to Ino of the mortal state, and was the attribute imparting that she was a king's daughter.

This statue, which is in Paros marble, has been engraved by Kessler; it is in the Villa Albani and is one of the most esteemed of antiquity : the remark has been made that its ears were pierced, which would imply, that it formerly had rings like the figures of Venus.

Height 6 feet 4 inches.

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