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AIX
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Αιξ Aix Aex Goat (aix)

AIX (or Aex) was the nymph or possibly goat wife of the god Pan. She was seduced by Zeus and bore him son named Aigipan.

Aix may be the same as Aix Amaltheia, the goatish nurse of Zeus in the Diktaion cave. She was also probably also identified with the primordial Gorgon Aix, whose skin was crafted into the aigis shield.

PARENTS
Nowhere stated
OFFSPRING
AIGIPAN (by Zeus) (Euhemerus Frag, Hyginus Astronomica 2.13)

Pseudo-Hyginus, Astronomica 2. 13 (trans. Grant) (Roman mythographer C2nd A.D.) :
"[The star-group Capra.] Euhemerus [Greek writer C4th-3rd B.C.] says that a certain Aex was the wife of Pan. When she was embraced by Jove [Zeus] she bore a son whom she called son of Pan. So the child was called Aegipan, and Jove, Aegiochus [i.e. Holder of the Goat or Aegis]. Since he was very fond of him, he placed in memory the form of a goat among the stars."
[N.B. Capra is a group of stars surrounding the arm of the constellation Auriga.]


Pan & the Goat | Greco-Roman statue
S22.3 AIX (LITERAL
GOAT), PAN
     

Sources:

  • Hyginus, Astronomica - Latin Mythography C2nd A.D.