Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Δαφνις Daphnis Daphnis Laurel (daphnê)

DAPHNIS was an Oread nymph of Mount Parnassos in Phokis (central Greece). She was the prophetess of Gaia (the Earth) at Delphoi before Apollon took control of the oracle.

Daphnis was a version of Daphne, the nymph who was pursued by Apollon and transformed into a laurel tree. She was probably also related to Kastalia, the Naias nymph of the oracular springs of Delphoi and the Korykiai of the sacred Korykian cave.

Perhaps GAIA, though nowhere stated

Pausanias, Description of Greece 10. 5. 5 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"Many and different are the stories told about Delphoi (Delphi), and even more son about the oracle of Apollon. For they say that in earliest times the oracular seat belonged to Ge (Earth), who appointed as prophetess Daphnis, one of the Nymphai of the mountain [Parnassos]."


  • Pausanias, Description of Greece - Greek Travelogue C2nd A.D.