Alectrona, also known as Electryone was a little known Greek goddess of the sun. The name ‘Electryone’ means ‘amber, shining, iridescent’, a fitting name for a goddess of the sun and morning. Some think she she might also been the goddess of morning or ‘waking from slumber’. Some believed wholeheartedly that she was the reason for men waking from their sleep every morning. The ‘Alectrona’ form of her name is also very similar to the word for ‘rooster’ in ancient Greek. This further cements the belief that Alectrona woke the sleeping populace every morning – just like a rooster is prone to do! Some think she she might also been the goddess of morning or ‘waking from slumber’.
Her father was Helios. He was a Titan lord of the sun (and the patron god of the Island of Rhodes). Her mother was Rhode (or Rhodos), a nymph from the same island. She was a sister to the seven sons of Helios and Rhodos, also known as the Heliadae.
Unfortunately, not much is known about Alectrona. We do know that she did have at least one temple built in her honor. There were special rules and regulations that had to be read before entering. Sadly, she died a virgin and it is said that after her ‘death’ she was honored as a heroine on the Island of Rhodes, where he mother came from. The cause of her death is unknown. There is speculation that she was killed during a war between the gods.