Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Νυμφαι Κυρηναικαι Nymphai Kyrênaikai Nymphae Cyrenaicae 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