Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Νυμφαι Δηλιαδες Nymphai Dêliades Nymphae Deliades Nymphs of the
Island of Delos

THE DELIADES were Naiad Nymphs of the springs of the River Inopos on the island of Delos in the Aegean Sea.

INOPOS (Callimachus Hymn to Delos)

Callimachus, Hymn 4 to Delos 252 ff (trans. Mair) (Greek poet C3rd B.C.) :
"The child leapt forth [Apollon was born of Leto] and the Nymphai Deliades (of Delos), offspring of an ancient river [Inopos], sang with far-sounding voice the holy chant of Eileithyia. And straightway the brazen sky echoed back the far-reaching chant and Hera grudged it not, because Zeus had taken away her anger. In that hour, O Delos, all thy foundations became of gold: with gold thy round lake flowed all day, and golden foliage thy natal olive-tree put forth and with gold flowed coiled Inopos in deep flood."

Callimachus, Hymn 3 to Artemis 170 ff :
"But when the Nymphai encircle thee [Artemis] in the dance, near the springs of Aigyptian Inopos or Pitane--for Pitane too is thine--or in Limnai or where, goddess, thou camest from Skythia (Scythia) to dwell, in Alai . . . for the god Helios (the Sun) never passes by that beauteous dance, but stays his car to gaze upon the sight, and lights of day are lengthened."


  • Callimachus, Hymns - Greek C3rd BC