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ASIE
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Ασιη Ασια Asiê, Asia Asia Of the Land of Asia

ASIE was a Nymph or Titan goddess of Lydia in Anatolia. She was the wife of the Titan Prometheus.

The term Asia was originally used to describe the Anatolian peninsular (modern Turkey) rather than the entire Asian continent. Even more specifically, Asia was the old empire of the Lydians, a region often associated with Prometheus.

Asia was frequently confused with Klymene-Asie, the wife of Iapetos, and was probably identical to Pronoia, the wife of Prometheus.

PARENTS
OKEANOS & TETHYS (Hesiod Theogony 359; Apollodorus 1.8)
OFFSPRING
HELLEN, DEUKALION (by Prometheus) (Scholiast on Apollonius Rhodius 2.1086)

Hesiod, Theogony 346 ff (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C8th or 7th B.C.) :
"Tethys bore to Okeanos the swirling Potamoi (Rivers) . . . She [Tethys] brought forth also a race apart of daughters, who with lord Apollon and the Rivers have the young in their keeping all over the earth, since this right from Zeus is given them. They are [amongst a list of fifty] . . . Europa, Metis and Eurynome, Telesto robed in saffron, Khryseis, and Asia, and alluring Kalypso . . .
Now these are the eldest of the daughters who were born to Tethys and Okeanos, but there are many others beside these, for there are three thousand light-stepping daughters of Okeanos scattered far and wide, bright children among the goddesses, and all alike look after the earth and the depths of the standing water."

Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 1. 8 (trans. Aldrich) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.) :
"The Titanes had children. Those of Okeanos and Tethys were called Okeanides: Asia, Styx, Elektra, Doris, Eurynome, Amphitrite, and Metis."

Herodotus, Histories 4. 45. 1 (trans. Godley) (Greek historian C5th B.C.) :
"Asia [was named] after the wife of Prometheus; yet the Lydians claim a share in the latter name, saying that Asia was not named after Prometheus' wife Asia, but after Asies, the son of Kotys, who was the son of Manes, and that from him the Asiad clan at Sardis also takes its name."


Sources:

  • Hesiod, Theogony - Greek Epic C8th-7th BC
  • Apollodorus, The Library - Greek Mythography C2nd BC
  • Herodotus, Histories - Greek History C5th BC