Lyctaea was a daughter of Hyacinthus, and with her sisters (Antheïs, Aegleïs and Orthaea) was sacrificed by the Athenians in order to banish a spate of earthquakes. 'Wolf (lycos) seems to be the root of the first half of her name; perhaps it is a corruption of 'Lycothea', 'wolf goddess', from lycos and thea.