Eileithyia was a goddess in Greek mythology, daughter of Zeus and Hera, and represented childbirth. She was born in a cave near Knossos, Crete, and became the main place of worship for the goddess. The goddess was also worshipped in Olympia, which is attested by the discovery of a shrine attributed to her, while other shrines have also been found in Tegea, Argos and Aigion; icons of the goddess were also found in Athens. Her name was also mentioned in a fragment from Knossos written in Linear B.
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