In Greek mythology
, son of Pandareus
, was the wife of Zethus
. The pair had one daughter, Itylus
. Aedon accidentally killed her and was stricken with grief and guilt. In pity, the gods turned her into a nightingale
, which cries with sadness every night. Alternatively, she was the queen of Thebes
, who attempted to kill the son of her rival, Niobe
, also her sister-in-law, and accidentally killed her own daughter instead and thus, the gods again changed her into a nightingale.
Odyssey XIX, 518.