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HARMONIA
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Ἁρμονια Ἁρμονιη Harmonia, Harmoniê Harmonia Harmony (harmonia)

HARMONIA was perhaps the Naiad Nymph of the spring, well or fountain of the Akmonian wood, near Thermiskyra, the legendary town of the Amazones tribe on the Black Sea coast of Anatolia. She was loved by the god Ares and bore him the first generation of the tribe of Amazones (or just the tribe's first queens and princesses, such as Otrera).

Alternatively Harmonia might have been one of those Nymphai called Meliai (of the ash-tree), from whose wood the first spears were crafted.

She appears to be completely unrelated to Harmonia the daughter of Ares at Thebes. Though both their names derive from the word harmonia. In the case of the Amazon, harmonia suggests unity or harmony in military formation, whereas the Theban queen is harmony in the sense of marital bliss.

PARENTS
Perhaps a daughter of the River THERMODON
OFFSPRING
THE AMAZONES (by Ares) (Apollonius Rhodius 2.986)

Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica 2. 986 ff (trans. Rieu) (Greek epic C3rd B.C.) :
"The Amazones of the Doiantian plain [by the river Thermodon on the Black Sea] were by no means gently, well-conducted folk; they were brutal and aggressive, and their main concern in life was war. War, indeed, was in their blood, daughters of Ares as they were and of the Nymphe Harmonia, who lay with the god in the depths of the Akmonian Wood and bore him girls who fell in love with fighting."


Sources:

  • Apollonius Rhodius, The Argonautica - Greek Epic C3rd BC