Coronis was a maiden from Thessaly. Her magnificent beauty attracted Apollo, but Coronis preferred only mortals. Coronis hoped he would not learn of her faithlessness, but Apollo's raven brought the news, and as a result Coronis was killed.

Apollo felt immediate guilt for his murder, and at Coronis's funeral he snatched her near-born baby, took it to Chiron, and told him to raise the baby and call him Aesculapius.