The daughter of Tantalus, and wife of Amphion, king of Thebes. Her pride in her children provoked Apollo and Diana, who slew them all. Niobe herself was changed by the gods into stone.
daughter of Tantalus and sister of Pelops, mother of twelve sons and twelve daughters in the Homeric traditions, who boasted that she was superior to Leto who had only two children; Leto, hurt by Niobe's remarks was avenged by her two Children Apollo and Artemis who slaughtered Niobe's children; used by Achilles as an example and also by Antigone.
Daughter of Tantalus, sister of Pelops, and wife of Amphion, king of Thebes, she foolishly boasted that, because she had twelve (or fourteen) children, she was the superior of Leto, who had only two. Leto's twins, Artemis and Apollo, shot all but two of her children. Eternally weeping, Niobe was changed into stone.
Mythological woman punished by the gods for boasting that she was the equal of the goddess Leto.
A mortal woman in Greek mythology, Niobe (ÎÎ¹ÏŒÎ²Î·), daughter of Tantalus and either Euryanassa, Eurythemista, Clytia, Dione, or Laodice, and the wife of Amphion, boasted of her superiority to Leto because she had fourteen children (the Niobids), seven male and seven female,The number varies. Aelian (Varia Historia xii. 36): "But Hesiod says they were nine boys and ten girls— unless after all the verses are not Hesiod but are falsely ascribed to him as are many others." Nine would make a triple triplet, triplicity being character of numerous sisterhoods (J.E.