Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Καφειρα Kapheira Capheira Stormy-Breath
(eir, kaphos)
KAPHEIRA (or Capheira) was an Okeanid nymph of the island of Rhodes who, along with the Telkhines, nursed the god Poseidon in his infancy.

Kapheira may have been a goddess of the storm-clouds, for her name means "stormy-breath." She appears to be closely identified with, if not the same as, Halia, the sister of the Telkhines.

OKEANOS (Diodorus Siculus 5.55.1)

Diodorus Siculus, Library of History 5. 55. 1 (trans. Oldfather) (Greek historian C1st B.C.) :
"The island which is called Rhodes was first inhabited by the people who were known as Telkhines (Telchines) . . . together with Kapheira (Capheira), the daughter of Okeanos, nurtured Poseidon, whom Rhea had committed as a babe to their care."


  • Diodorus Siculus, The Library of History - Greek History C1st B.C.