ANYTOS (or Anytus) was a rustic daimon (spirit) entrusted with the care of the Mystery-goddess Despoine in Arkadia.
He was probably one of the Kouretes (Curetes) who, in the Orphic Hymns are described as guardians of the young goddess Persephone. Also, like the Kouretes, Anytos was portrayed as a young warrior dressed in hoplite armour.
|Presumably GAIA, though nowhere stated
A′NYTUS (Anutos), a Titan who was believed to have brought up the goddess Despoena. In an Arcadian temple his statue stood by the side of Despoena's. (Paus. viii. 37. § 3.)
Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.
Pausanias, Description of Greece 8. 37. 1 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"[From Akakesion in Arkadia] it is four stades to the sanctuary of Despoine (Despoena) . . . On both sides of the throne [of the goddess] are images. By the side of Demeter stands Artemis . . . By the image of Despoine stands Anytos (Anytus), represented as a man in armour. Those about the sanctuary say that Despoine was brought up by Anytos, who was one of the Titanes, as they are called."
Pausanias, Description of Greece 8. 37. 1 :
"The story of the Kouretes (Curetes) is represented under the images [in the sanctuary of Despoine near Akakesion], and that of the Korybantes (Corybantes), a different race from the Kouretes, carved in relief upon the base, I know, but pass them by."
- Pausanias, Description of Greece - Greek Travelogue C2nd A.D.