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AIGLE
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Αιγλη Aiglê Aegle Shining, Radiant,
Sunlight (aiglê)

AIGLE (or Aegle) was a Naiad or Okeanid nymph, the mother of the Kharites (Graces) by the sun-god Helios.

It should be noted, however, that the Kharites were usually described as daughters of Zeus and Eurynome.

PARENTS
ZEUS & NEIARA (Servius on Virgil Eclogues 6.20?)
OFFSPRING
THE KHARITES (by Helios) (Antimachus Frag, Pausanias 9.35.1, Suidas s.v. Aigles Kharites)

ENCYCLOPEDIA

AEGLE (Aiglê), The most beautiful of the Naiads, daughter of Zeus and Neaera (Virg. Eclog. vi. 20), by whom Helios begot the Charites. (Paus. ix. 35. § 1.)

Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.


Pausanias, Description of Greece 9. 35. 1 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"Antimakhos [of Kolophon, epic poet C5th B.C.], while giving neither the number of the Kharites (Graces) nor their names, says that they are daughters of Aigle (Aegle) and Helios (the Sun)."

Suidas s.v. Aigles Kharites (trans. Suda On Line) (Byzantine Greek lexicon C10th A.D.) :
"Aigles Kharites (Radiant Graces): They have plausibly traced the lineage of the Kharites (Graces). Helios (the Sun) is also from Aigle (Aegle), since, it seems, the Kharites are radiant."

Virgil, Georgics 6. 13 ff (trans. Fairclough) (Roman bucolic C1st B.C.) :
"The lads Chromis and Mnasyllos saw Silenus lying asleep in a cave, his veins swollen, as ever, with the wine of yesterday. Hard by lay the garlands, just fallen from his head, and his heavy tankard was hanging by its well-worn handle. Falling on him--for oft the aged one had cheated both of a promised song--they cast him into fetters made from his own garlands. Aegle joins their company and seconds the timid pair--Aegle, fairest of the Naiades--and, as now his eyes open, paints his face and brows with crimson mulberries."


Sources:

  • Pausanias, Description of Greece - Greek Travelogue C2nd A.D.
  • Virgil, Eclogues - Latin Bucolic C1st B.C.
  • Suidas - Byzantine Greek Lexicon C10th A.D.