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KOMBE
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Κομβη Kombê Combe Girdled, Buckled
(komboô)

KOMBE (or Combe) was a nymph of the island of Euboia who was the mother of the seven Euboian Korybantes (Corybantes) by Sokos.

She may have been the same as Mystis and Makris, the Euboian nymph nurse of the god Dionysos. The Korybantes were sometimes described as his protectors.

PARENTS
OPHIOS (Ovid Metamorphoses 7.382)
OFFSPRING
KORYBANTES (by Sokos) (Nonnus Dionysiaca 13.135)

Ovid, Metamorphoses 7. 382 ff (trans. Melville) (Roman epic C1st B.C. to C1st A.D.) :
"Pleuron, where on fluttering wings Combe, the child of Ophius, escaped her sons' assault."
[N.B. It is not clear if this Kombe is the same as the one mentioned by Nonnus below. However the punishment of Sokos by his sons suggests that Kombe might have fled to escape the same.]

Nonnus, Dionysiaca 13. 135 ff (trans. Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D.) :
"From the famous island [Euboia]: Prymneus, and Mimas Waddlefoot, and Akmon (Acmon) the forester, Damneus and Okythoos the shieldman; and with them came flash-helm Melisseus as comrade to Idaios (Idaeus), whom their father Sokos (Socus) under the insane goad of impiety had once cast out of the brinegirt country along with Kombe (Combe) the mother of seven [Korybantes, Corybantes]. They escaped [from Euboia] and passed to Knossian (Cnossian) soil, and again went on their travels from Krete (Crete) to Phrygia, and from Phrygia to Athens; where they remained as foreign settlers and hearthguests until Kekrops (Cecrops) destroyed Sokos with avenging blade of justice; then leaving the land of brineflooded Marathon turned their steps homewards to the sacred soil of the Abantes."
[N.B. Kekrops was the first king of Athens; the names of these Korybantes are also those of the Kretan protectors of Zeus.]


Sources:

  • Ovid, Metamorphoses - Latin Epic C1st B.C. - C1st A.D.
  • Nonnos, Dionysiaca - Greek Epic C5th A.D.