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GORGYRA
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Γοργυρα Gorgyra Gorgyra Underground drain
(gorgyra)
Ορφνη Orphnê Orphne Darkness, Night
(orphnê)

GORGYRA was a Daimon (Spirit) or Nymphe of the underworld. She was the mother of Askalaphos, the orchardist of Haides, by the River-God Akheron.

Gorgyra may have been identified with Styx, goddess of the underworld river. Orphne, on the other hand, resembles Nyx, the netherworld-dwelling goddess of the night.

PARENTS
Nowhere stated
OFFSPRING
ASKALAPHOS (by Akheron) (Apollodorus 1.33, Ovid Metamorphoses 5.539)

Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 1. 33 (trans. Aldrich) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.) :
"Askalaphos, the son of Akheron and Gorgyra."

Ovid, Metamorphoses 5. 539 ff (trans. Melville) (Roman epic C1st B.C. to C1st A.D.) :
"Orphne's son, Ascalaphus, whom she, not the least famous of the Nymphae Avernales (Underworld Nymphs), bore once to Acheron in her dusky bower."


Sources:

  • Apollodorus, The Library - Greek Mythography C2nd A.D.
  • Ovid, Metamorphoses - Latin Epic C1st B.C. - C1st A.D.