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ERASINIDES
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Νυμφαι Ερασινιδες Nymphai Erasinides Nymphae Erasinides Nymphs of the
River Erasinus

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).

PARENTS
ERASINOS (Antoninus Liberalis 40)
OFFSPRING
BYZE, MELITE, MAIRA, ANKHIROE (Antoninus Liberalis 40)

ENCYCLOPEDIA

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)."

Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Βυζη Byzê Byze Close-Pressed
(buzên)
Μελιτη Melitê Melite Honey-Sweet
(melitê)
Μαιρα Maira Maera Sparkling
(marmairô)
Αγχιροη Ankhiroê Anchiroe Pouring-Flow
(anacheô, rhoos)

Sources:

  • Antoninus Liberalis, Metamorphoses - Greek Mythography C2nd AD