Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Αργιοπη Argiopê Argiope Silver-Faced
(argyros, ops)
ARGIOPE was a Naiad Nymph of Mount Parnassos in Phokis and later Mount Olympos in Pieria. She was the mother of the Thrakian bard Thamyris.

Her name, meaning "Of the Silver Face", suggests that she was the Nymphe of a silvery mountain spring or stream.

Perhaps a daughter of the River KEPHISOS
THAMYRIS (by Philammon) (Apollodorus 1.16, Pausanias 4.33.3)


ARGI′OPE (Argiopê), a nymph by whom Philammon begot the celebrated bard, Thamyris. She lived at first on mount Parnassus, but when Philammon refused to take her into his house as his wife, she left Parnassus and went to the country of the Odrysians in Thrace. (Apollod. i. 3. § 3 ; Paus. iv. 33. § 4.)

Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.

Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 1. 16 (trans. Aldrich) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.) :
"Thamyris, son of Philammon and the Nymphe Argiope."

Pausanias, Description of Greece 4. 33. 3 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"He [Thamyris] was the son of Philammon and the Nymphe Argiope, who once dwelt on Parnassos, but settled among the Odrysai [Thrakians] when pregnant, for Philammon refused to take her into his house."


  • Apollodorus, The Library - Greek Mythography C2nd BC
  • Pausanias, Guide to Greece - Greek Geography C2nd AD