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Greek Name

Νυμφαι Δηλιαδες


Nymphai Dêliades

Latin Spelling

Nymphae Deliades


Nymphs of Delos

THE DELIADES were the Naiad-nymphs of the springs of the river Inopos on the Aegean island of Delos. They were handmaidens of the goddess Artemis.


INOPOS (Callimachus Hymn to Delos)


Callimachus, Hymn 4 to Delos 252 ff (trans. Mair) (Greek poet C3rd B.C.) :
"[Leto gives birth to Apollon on the island of Delos :] The child leapt forth and the Nymphai Deliades (Nymphs of Delos), offspring of an ancient river [Inopos], sang with far-sounding voice the holy chant of Eileithyia [goddess of birth]. 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 (Nymphs) encircle thee [Artemis] in the dance, near the springs of Aigyptian (Egyptian) Inopos or Pitane--for Pitane too is thine--or in Limnai (Limnae) or where, goddess, thou camest from Skythia (Scythia) to dwell, in Alai (Alae) . . . 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."




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