- the daughter of Tantalus and wife of Amphion of Thebes. She provoked Apollo and Artemis to vengeance by taunting their mother, Leto, with the number and beauty of her own children; Niobe's children were slain and Zeus turned her into stone, in which state she continued to weep over her loss.
Examples from the Web for niobe
I ought to be a Dido and Niobe and Cassandra rolled into one.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Niobe would have made the response with a greater show of cheer.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Perhaps the fate of Niobe is no fable, but a type of the callousness of our nature.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
Her sister stood erect in grief like a daughter of Niobe wept into stone.In a Little Town
I always think what a guy Niobe must have been if she was indeed all tears.Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
- Greek myth a daughter of Tantalus, whose children were slain after she boasted of them: although turned into stone, she continued to weep
Word Origin and History for niobe
in Greek mythology, a queen of Thebes, daughter of Tantalus, changed to a stone while weeping for her children (slain, after she boasted of them overmuch, by Artemis and Apollo); hence the name is used figuratively for bereavement and woe. The name is said to mean literally "snowy; snowy-bright."