||Nymphs of the
Land of Cyrenaica
THE NYMPHAI KYRENAIKAI were Naiad Nymphs of the region of Kyrene (Cyrene) in Libya (north Africa).
|Presumably daughters of a local RIVER-GOD
Suidas s.v. Astydromia (trans. Suda On Line) (Byzantine Greek lexicon C10th A.D.) :
"Astydromia (Town-running): Among the Libyans [of Kyrene] [it is] like the birthday celebration of the city, and a Theodaisia festival, in which they honored Dionysos and the Nymphai [Naiades]; it seems to me they are hinting at both unmixed [wine] and the good mixture."
- Suidas - Byzantine Lexicogn C10th AD