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NAIADES MELIAI
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Νυμφαι Μηλιαι Nymphai Mêliai Nymphae Meliae Nymphs of the
Island of Melos

THE NYMPHAI MELIAI were Naiad Nymphs of the island of Melos (in the Aegean Sea). They were transformed into frogs by Zeus as punishment for burying the body of Euphorion, an arrogant boy who tried to fly to heaven.

PARENTS
Presumably daughters of a mainland RIVER-GOD

Ptolemy Hephaestion, New History Book 4 (summary from Photius, Myriobiblon 190) (trans. Pearse) (Greek mythographer C1st to C2nd A.D.) :
"There was born of Helene and Akhilleus (Achilles) in the Islands of the Blest a winged child named Euphorion after the fertility of this land; Zeus caught him and with a blow knocked him to earth in the isle of Melos, where he continued the pursuit and changed the Nymphai [Naiades] there into frogs because they had given him burial."


Sources:

  • Ptolemy Hephaestion, New History - Greek Scholar C1st-2nd AD
  • Photius, Myriobiblon - Byzantine Greek Scholar C9th AD