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AMYMONE
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Αμυμωνη Amymonê Amymone Blameless, Noble
(amymôn)

AMYMONE was the Naiad nymph of the spring of Amymone at Lerna in the Argolis (southern Greece).

She was usually, but not always, identical to Amymone, the daughter of King Danaus loved by Poseidon.

PARENTS
INAKHOS (Valerius Flaccus 4.374)

Callimachus, Aetia Fragment 66 (trans. Trypanis) (Greek poet C3rd B.C.) :
"O water Nympha Nepodes (Water Nymph) bride of Poseidon [Amymone] . . . the sacred rock about which you flow . . . Venerable Amymone, and beloved Physadea and Hippe and Automate [i.e. other fountains of Argos], hail, most ancient home of Nymphai; flow, brilliant Pelasgian maidens."

Valerius Flaccus, Argonautica 4. 374 ff (trans. Mozley) (Roman epic C1st A.D.) :
"[Io in the form of a heifer was driven from Argos by a stinging gadfly:] Then departing gave she last kisses to her father's [Inakhos'] banks; wailed [her sister Naiades] Amymone, wailed Messeis' waters, wailed Hyperia with arms outstretched to call her back . . . Wandering she [Io freed from Argos but now hounded by an Erinys] comes even to the waters of Inachus, how faring and how changed from that first heifer that she was! Nor do her father or the frightened Nymphae try to draw nigh her."


Sources:

  • Callimachus, Fragments - Greek Poetry C3rd B.C.
  • Valerius Flaccus, The Argonautica - Latin Epic C1st A.D.