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DERKETIS
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Δερκετις Derketis Dercetis Look upon, See,
Shine (derkô)

DERKETIS (or Dercetis) was a Naiad Nymph of Boiotia (central Greece). She ravished a handsome youth named Lapithaon. Their son Alatreus was a warrior in the war of the Seven Against Thebes.

Derketis was probably the Naiad of the famous spring of Dirke on Mount Kithairon (Cithearon) near Thebes.

PARENTS
Perhaps a daughter of the River ISMENOS
OFFSPRING
ALATREUS (by Lapithaon) (Statius Thebaid 7.296)

Statius, Thebaid 7. 296 ff (trans. Mozley) (Roman epic C1st A.D.) :
"The [Boiotian] Nymphe Dercetis in burning passion and shameless lust of wedlock corrupted ere his time the boy Lapithaon, still innocent of the marriage bed and unripe for a lover's flames; and soon was born the fair Alatreus."


Sources:

  • Statius, Thebaid - Latin Epic C1st AD