THE ERASINIDES were four Naiad Nymphs of the River Erasinos in Argolis (southern Greece). They welcomed the goddess Britomartis into their country when she arrived from Krete (Crete).
|ERASINOS (Antoninus Liberalis 40)
|BYZE, MELITE, MAIRA, ANKHIROE (Antoninus Liberalis 40)
MAERA (Maira). One of the four daughters of Erasinus of Argos. (Anton. Lib. 40.)
MELITE (Melitê). A daughter of Erasinus of Argos, was visited by Britomartis.
Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.
Antoninus Liberalis, Metamorphoses 40 (trans. Celoria) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.) :
"[Britomartis] arrived in Argos from Phoinikia (Phoenicia) [i.e. Lebanon], entering into the company of the daughters of Erasinos, Byze, Melite, Maira, Ankhirhoe. Then she went from Argos to Kephallenia . . . Then she went to Krete (Crete)."
- Antoninus Liberalis, Metamorphoses - Greek Mythography C2nd AD