In Greek mythology, Queen Arete (Greek: Template:Polytonic, Arêtê) of Scheria was the wife of Alcinous and mother of Nausicaa and Laodamas. She welcomed Odysseus and treated him hospitably.[1] Her name appears to be associated with the Ionic noun ἀρητή, meaning "sacred", "cursed" or "prayed"; but it could also mean "excellence" (ἀρετή). Some sources claim that it means "righteous", while others connect it with Ares, the Greek god of war.

Arete is a descendant of Poseidon, who, making love to Periboea, begot Nausithous, who in turn had two sons, Rhexenor and Alcinous. Rhexenor later spawned Arete with Apollo.

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  1. Homer. Odyssey, VII, 54, 66, 141, 233.

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