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KHRYSOPELEIA
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Χρυσοπελεια Khrysopeleia Chrysopelia Golden Dove
(khrysos, peleia)

KHRYSOPELEIA (or Chrysopelia) was an Arkadian Hamadryad nymph who married Arkas, the eponymous King of Arkadia.

She was probably the same as Erato, the prophetic Dryad wife of Arkas mentioned by Pausanias. Indeed the name, Khrysopelelia, contains the Greek word peleia, "the dove" a title often given female seers, such as the famous Peleiades of the prophetic oaks at Dodona.

PARENTS
Nowhere stated
OFFSPRING
ELATOS, APHEIDAS (by Arkas) (Apollodorus 3.102)

ENCYCLOPEDIA

CHRYSOPELEIA (Chrusopeleia), a hamadryad who was one day in great danger, as the oak-tree which she inhabited was undermined by a mountain torrent. Arcas, who was hunting in the neighbourhood, discovered her situation, led the torrent in another direction, and secured the tree by a dam. Chrysopeleia became by Arcas the mother of Elatus and Apheidas. (Apollod. iii. 9. § 1; Tzetz. ad Lycoph. 480.)

Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.


Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 3. 102 (trans. Aldrich) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.) :
"Arkas and Leaneira, the daughter of Amyklas, or Meganeira, daughter of Krokon, or, according to Eumelos [poet C8th B.C.], a Nymphe named Khrysopeleia, had two sons Elatos and Apheidas."


Sources:

  • Apollodorus, The Library - Greek Mythography C2nd A.D.