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MACARIA (Makaria) The goddess of a blessed death or afterlife.

MACHAE (Makhai) The personifications of battles and combats.

MACRIS (Makris) A rustic nymph of the island of Euboea, who nursed the infant god Dionysus.

MACROCEPHALI (Makrokephaloi) A fabulous tribe of African men with long heads.

MAEANDER (Maiandros) A river of Caria and its god.

MAERA (1) (Maira) A star-nymph daughter of the Titan Atlas, and wife of the Arcadian King Tegeates. She was the goddess of the scorching dog-star Sirios.

MAERA (2) (Maira) A Naiad nymph daughter of the river Erasinus who, with her sisters, was an attendant of the goddess Britomartis.

MAIA A Pleiad star-nymph of Mount Cyllene in Arcadia. She was the mother of the god Hermes by Zeus.

MANAIE (Maniai) The female personification of madness and crazed frenzy.


MANTICORE (Mantikhoras) A creature of Persia with the body of a lion, the face of a man, and a spiked tail.

MARON One of the drunken old Silen gods. He was the charioteer of the god Dionysus.

MARSYAS A flute-playing satyr who challenged Apollo to a musical contest. The god won and flailed the satyr alive as punishment.

MATTON The daemon of baking and the kneeding of bread.

MEDUSA (Medousa) A serpent-haired Gorgon who was slain by the hero Perseus. When she was beheaded her two children by Poseidon were born from her bloody neck.

MEGAERA (Megaira) One of the three Erinyes.

MELAENA (Melaine) A Naiad nymph of Mount Parnassus loved by the god Apollo.

MELANIPPE A prophetic nymph daughter of the centaur Chiron. She was transformed into a mare as punishment for revealing the secrets of the gods.

MELIA (1) The Oceanid nymph wife of the Argive river-god Inachus.

MELIA (2) The Oceanid nymph of the sacred Ismenian spring of Thebes. She was loved by the god Apollo.

MELIA (3) The nymph mother of the Pelopennesian centaurs by the god Silenus.

MELIA (4) A nymph of Bithynia loved by the god Poseidon.

MELIA (5) A Bithynian nymph loved by the god Silenus.

MELIA (6) A nymph of the island of Ceos loved by Apollo.

MELIADES Dryad-nymphs of fruit-trees and orchards.

MELIAE (Meliai) Nymphs of ash-trees and honey bees. They were born born from the blood of the castrated sky-god Uranus along with the Giants and Curetes. The Melaie were the wives of the Silver Race of Man, and so the ancestresses of mankind.

MELIBOEA (1) (Meliboia) The Oceanid nymph wife of the first Arcadian king Pelasgus.

MELIBOEA (2) (Meliboia) An Oceanid nymph of Syria loved by the river Orontes.

MELICERTES (Melikertes) A boy transformed into a sea-god, after his mother Ino leapt with him into the sea.

MELINOE A spectral underworld goddess who haunted the night with her train of ghosts.

MELISSAE (Melissai) Nymphs of honey bees.

MELISSEUS The old Curete god of honey and honey-mead. His two daughters, Ida and Adrasteia, were nurses of the god Zeus.

MELITE (1) A Naiad nymph of the island of the Phaeacians. She was seduced by Heracles.

MELITE (2) A Naiad nymph daughter of the river Erasinus who, with her sisters, was an attendant of the goddess Britomartis.

MELPOMENE The Muse of tragedy.

MEMPHIS A Naiad nymph daughter of the River Nile. She was the wife of the very first Egyptian king Epaphus, who named his capital after her.

MENAE (Menai) The goddess nymphs of the fifty lunar months of the four-year Olympiad. They were daughters of Selene the Moon.

MENIPPE A Naiad nymph daughter of the river Peneius.

MENOETES (Menoites) A daemon of the underworld, he was the herdsman of the cattle of Hades.

MENOETIUS (Menoitios) The Titan god of rash anger. He was blasted into Erebus with a thunderbolt by Zeus.

MEROPE One of the Pleiad star-nymphs, the wife of the impious Corinthian King Sisyphos. Blushing in shame for her husband's crimes, her star shone only faintly.

MESSEIS The Naiad nymph of an Argive spring, a daughter of the River Inachus.

MESSEMBRIA The sixth of the twelve Horai (Hours), she was the goddess of the hour of noon.

METHE The goddess nymph of drunkenness. She was a companion of Dionysus.

METHONE The nymph wife of the first Pierian King Pierus.

METIS (1) The Titan goddess of good counsel. She was an adviser to Zeus in the Titan War, but when it was prophesied that she would bear a son greater than his father, the god put her away inside his belly. Their daughter Athena was born from the cracked skull of the god.

METIS (2) A Naiad nymph of the Lydian river Meles. According to legend, she was the mother of the poet Homer.

METOPE The Naiad nymph wife of the Argive river-god Asopus.

MIDEIA A nymph of the Boeotian town of Aspledon loved by the god Poseidon.

MIMAS One of the Gigantes who slain in the giant-war by Hephaestus with barage of red-hot metal.

MINOS A lawmaking King of Crete who was appointed a judge of the dead in the underworld.


MINOTAUR (Minotauros) A bull-headed monster monster of Crete who was locked away in the labyrinth by King Minos. He was fed a diet of sacrificial youths and maidens until slain by the hero Theseus.

MINTHA (Minthe) A Naiad nymph daughter of the underworld river-god Cocytus. She was transformed into a mint plant by Persephone when her affair with the god Hades was discovered.

MISA A primeval goddess of the Orphic mysteries.

MNEMOSYNE The Titan goddess of memory, words and language. She bore Zeus the nine goddess Muses after spending a night lengthened ninefold in the arms of the god.

MOIRAE (Moirai) The three goddesses of fate who spun and cut the thread of human life.

MOMUS (Momos) The male personfication of mockery. He was thrown out of heaven by Zeus for his scarping criticisms of the gods.

MONOCERATA (Monokerata) A breed of magical one-horned horses (unicorns) native to India.

MOREA The Hamadryad nymph of the mulberry bush.

MORIA A Lydian nymph whose brother Tylos was slain by a dragon. She discovered a herb which restored the boy to life.

MORMOLYCEIA (Mormolykeia) Vampiric ghostly women.

MORPHEUS A god of prophetic dreams who appeared in the sleep of kings as a human shaped phantasm. His two brothers, Icelus and Phantasus, assumed the forms respectively of animals and inanimate objects.

MORUS (Morus) The male personification of the doom.


MUSES (1) (Mousai) The nine goddesses of music, song and dance, who inspired poets.

MUSES (2) (Mousai) The three Titan Muses. The foremost of these was Mneme, mother of the younger nine.

MUSES (3) Mousai) The three Delphic Muses, daughters of the god Apollo.

MUSICA (Mousika) The third of the twelve Horai (Hours), she was the goddess of the morning hour of music.

MYCENE (Mykene) A Naiad nymph daughter of the river Inachus after whom the city of Mycenae was named.

MYLINUS (Mylinos) A giant of the island of Crete vanquished by Zeus.

MYRMECES INDIAN (Myrmekes Indikoi) Gigantic ants which guarded the gold fields of the Indian desert.

MYRTOESSA A Naiad nymph of the Arcadian town of Megalopolis.

MYSIAN NAIADES (Naiades Mysiai) Naiad Nymphs of a spring in Mysia who kidnapped the boy Hylas, a handsome young companion of Heracles.

MYSTIS The rustic nymph of the Dionysian Mysteries. She was a nurse of the god on the island of Euboea.

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