||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