a mythical king in Boeotia, from whom mount Cithaeron was believed to have derived its name.
Once when Hera was angry with Zeus, Cithaeron advised the latter to take into
his chariot a wooden statue and dress it up so as to make it
resemble Plataea, the daughter of
Asopus. Zeus followed his counsel, and
as he was riding along with his pretended bride, Hera, overcome
by her jealousy, ran up to him, tore the covering from the
suspected bride, and on discovering that it was a statue, became
reconciled to Zeus.