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