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DACTYLS (Daktyloi) Magician-smiths of the Greek island of Crete in the service of the goddess Rhea.

DAEIRA A goddess nymph of the Eleusinian mysteries.

DAEMONAE (Daimonai) The female daimones or sprits, including nymphs, and various female personifications and abstractions such as Strife and Luck.

DAEMONES (Daimones) Spirits of the air, earth, sea and underworld. They included personifications such of Elpis (Hope), nature spirits like the river-gods and nymphs.

DAEMONES, AGATHI (Daimones Agathoi) Good spirits which protected and bestowed blessings on mankind.

DAEMONES ARGYREAN (Daimones Argyreoi) The men of the silver age who were immortalised as underground spirits responsible for the earth's fertility.


DAEMONES, CACO- (Kakodaimones) The harmful spirits released from teh jar of Pandora to plague mankind.

DAEMONES CHRYSEAN (Daimones Khryseoi) The men of the golden age who were immortalised as thirty thousand earth-dwelling spirits which watched over and protected mankind.

DAEMONES CHTHONIAN (Daimones Khthonioi) The daemon-spirits of the underworld.

DAEMONES GEORGICI (Daimones Georgikoi) The spirits of agriculture and farming

DAEMONES HALIAN (Daimones Halioi) The spirits of the sea.

DAEMONES NOMIAN (Daimones Nomioi) The spirits of the countryside, pastureland and wilds.

DAEMONES URANIAN (Daimones Ouranioi) The spirits of the sky.

DAEMONES PROSEOUS (Daimones Proseoos) Evil demons which haunted the dark, coastal caverns ringing the island of Rhodes.

DAMASEN A giant who slew a fearsome dragon terrorising the kingdom of Lydia.


DAMIA The springtime Hora of earth's fertility.

DAMNAMENEUS One of the metal-working Dactyls.

DAMYSUS (Damysos) The swiftest of the Gigantes which fought against the gods in the Giant War. Chiron extracted the swiftness from his foot and placed it in the heel of Achilles.

DANAIS A nymph of Elis in southern Greece loved by King Pelops of Pisa.

DAPHNE A Naiad daughter of the river Peneius who was chased through the woods by amorous god Apollo. Just as he was about to capture her she was transformed into a laurel tree.

DAPHNAIE Dryad-nymphs of the laurel-tree.

DAPHNIS (1) An Oread nymph who prophesied at the Oracle of Delphi in the service of Gaea, before Apollo took over the shrine.

DAPHNIS (2) The deity of idyllic poetry.

DAULIS A Naiad nymph who gave her name to the town of Daulis in central Greece.

DEIMUS (Deimos) The daemon of terror, an attendant of the war-god Ares.

DEINO (1) One of the Graeae, hags which shared just one eye and one tooth amongst them.

DEINO (2) The Naiad nymph wife of the River Spercheius in northern Greece.

DEIPNEUS The daemon of the making of meals.

DELPHIN (Delphin) A divine dolphin who helped Poseidon track down the goddess Amphitrite and persuade her to marry to him. As reward for his service, Poseidon placed him amongst the stars as the constellation Delphinus.


DELPHYNE A serpent-tailed she-demon, also known as Echidna.

DEMETER The great Olympian goddess of agriculture and the fertile earth. Her Mysteries promised mankind a passage to the blessed afterlife.

DERCETIS (Derketis) A Naiad nymph of Boeotia in central Greece who ravished a local shepherd boy.

DESPOENA (Despoine) A mysterious goddess born from Poseidon's rape of Demeter in the form of the horse. Her true name was a secret only revealed to initiates of her cult.

DICAEOSYNE (Dikaiosyne) The personification of equity.

DICE (Dike) The goddess of justice, one of the three Horae (Seasons).

DICTYNNA (Diktynna) The goddess of the nets, also known as Britomarttis.

DIOGENIA (Diogeneia) A Naiad daughter of the river Cephisusin southern Greece who married an Athenian nobleman.

DIONE (1) A Titan goddess who presided over the oracle of Dodona in northern Greece. According to some she was the mother of Aphrodite by Zeus.

DIONE (2) A star-nymph daughter of the Titan Atlas who was married to the impious Lydian King Tantalus.

DIONYSUS (Dionysos) The god of wine and festivity, youngest of the twelve Olympians.


DIOPATRA (Diopatre) A Naiad nymph of Malis in northern Greece. Poseidon turned her sisters into poplar trees while he seduced her.

DIOSCURI (Dioskouroi) Demi-god twins who came to the aid of sailors caught out at sea in a storm. They appeared in the form of Saint Elmo's fire. The twins were once mortal princes, who were granted immortality and placed amongst the stars as the constellation Gemini as reward for their heroism.

DIRCE (Dirke) The Naiad nymph of a fountain sacred to Dionysus on Mount Cithaeron in the south of Greece.

DODONA (Dodone) An Oceanid nymph who gave her name to the town and shrine of Dodona in Thesprotia in northern Greece.

DODONIDES Prophetic Dryad nymphs which inhabited the oak trees at the oracle of Zeus at Dodona in the northern mountains of Greece.

DOLUS (Dolos) The male personification of trickery and deceit. He was an apprentice of the Titan Prometheus, who manufactured a maiden of lies as an identical twin to Prometheus' maiden of truth.

DORIS The Oceanid goddess of the fresh water mingling with the brine. She was the wife of the sea-god Nereus and mother of the fifty Nereides.

DRACAENAE Drakainai) She-demons with the upper bodies of beautiful women and the coiled tail of a serpent in place of legs.

DRACAENA OF SCYTHIA (Drakaina Skythia) An earth-daemon queen of Scythia with the tail of a serpent in place of legs. She stole the cattle of Heracles and demanded that the hero mate with her before she would return them.


DRACONES (Drakones) The dragons of Greek mythology - giant, serpentine monsters with rows of sharp teeth.

DRACON CYCHREIDES (Drakon Kykhreides) A giant drakon driven from the Greek island of Salamis by the hero Cychreus. It fled to Eleusis where Demeter welcomed and made it her attendant.

DRACON OF COLCHIS (Drakon Kholkidos) A giant sleepless dragon which guarded the Golden Fleece hung from a tree in Colchis. It was defeated by the heroes Jason and Medea.

DRACON OF THE GIANT-WAR (Drakon Gigantomakhios) A giant serpent wielded by a Gigante during the Giant War. Athena caught it up and tossed it into the heavens to form the constellation Draco.

DRACON OF HESPERIA (Drakon Hesperios) A hundred-headed dragon which guarded the golden apples of the Hesperides. It was slain by Heracles who was sent to fetch these as one of his Twelve Labours.

DRACON OF LYDIA (1) (Drakon Maionios) A giant Lydian serpent slain by Heracles in the service of Queen Omphale.

DRACON OF LYDIA (2) (Drakon Maionios) A massive serpent destroyed by the Lydian giant Damasen. After its death, the monster's mate came and restored it to life with a magical herb.

DRACON OF NEMEA (Drakon Nemeios) A giant serpent which guarded the sacred grove of Zeus in the Greek town of Nemea. During the War of the Seven Against Thebes it killed the infant Opheltes, and was destroyed by the heroes of the campaign.

DRACON OF THE OPHIOGENES (Drakon Ophiogeneikos) A Mysian dragon which impregnated a girl in a shrine of the goddess Artemis. She then gave birth to Ophiogenes (Serpent-Born), the ancestor of a tribe of men immune to the venom of serpents.

DRACON OF PITANE (Drakon Pitanios) A dragon turned to stone by the gods near Pitane in Aeolia in the heart of Greece.

DRACON OF THEBES (Drakon Ismenios) A dragon which guarded the sacred spring of Ares at Thebes, slain by the hero Cadmus when he was founding the city. Sowing its teeth into the ground he harvested a crop of warrior-men.

DRACON OF THESPIA (Drakon Thespiakos) A dragon which ravaged the village of Thespia in Boeotia, Greece. The hero Menostratus defeated it by throwing himself into its jaws wearing a suit of spiked armour.

DRACONES OF DEMETER (Drakones) A pair of winged serpents which drew the flying chariot of the goddess Demeter and her hero Triptolemos.


DRACONES OF MEDEA (Drakones) A pair of winged serpents which drew the chariot of the witch Medea across the air.

DRACONES OF RHODES (Drakones Rhodioi) A giant dragon and its spawn which infested the Greek island of Rhodes. The beasts were destroyed by the hero Phorbas and the island freed.

DRACONES OF TROY (Drakones Troiades) Two giant sea-serpents sent by Poseidon to silence the Trojan priest Laocoon when he was about to warn the Trojans about the ruse of the Wooden Horse.

DRYADS (Dryades) Nymphs of the trees. The Oread Dryad inhabited oaks and pines, while the Meliae were creatures of the mountain-ash.

DRYOPE A Dryopian princess who was transformed into a Hamadryad by the Nymphs.

DYSAULES A divinity of the Eleusinian Mysteries who presided over the ploughing of fields.

DYSIS The eleventh of the twelve Horae, goddesses of the hours, who presided over the hour of sunset.

DYSNOMIA (Dysnomia) The female personification of lawlessness.

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