Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Κωρυκια Kôrykia Corycia Of the Corycian Cave

KORYKIA (or Corycia) was a Naiad Nymph of the springs of the Korykian (Corycian) Cave at Delphoi in Phokis (central Greece). She was one of perhaps three Nymphai Korykiai.

Korykia is perhaps related to Kastalia, Nymph of the sacred springs of Mount Parnassos, and also appears to be closely identified with Kleodora, the mother Parnassos, and Melaine the mother of Delphos.


Probably a daughter of the River KEPHISOS or PLEISTOS


LYKORAS (by Apollon) (Pausanias 10.6.3, Hyginus Fabulae 159)


CORY′CIA (Kôrukia or Kôrukis), a nymph, who became by Apollo the mother of Lycorus or Lycoreus, and from whom the Corycian cave in mount Parnassus was believed to have derived its name. (Paus. x. 6. § 2, 32. § 2.) The plural, Coryciae, is applied to the daughters of Pleistus. (Apollon. Rhod. ii. 710; Ov. Met. i. 320, Heroid. xx. 221.)

Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.

Pausanias, Description of Greece 10. 6. 3 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"Another and different legend is current that Apollon had a son Lykoras (Lycoras) by a Nymphe, Korykia (Corycia), and that after Lykoras was named the city Lykoreia [of Phokis], and after the nymphe of the Korykian (Corycian) cave."

Pausanias, Description of Greece 10. 32. 2 :
"This cave [the Korykian cave of Delphoi, Phokis] was named after a Nymphe called Korykia (Corycia)."

Pseudo-Hyginus, Fabulae 159 (trans. Grant) (Roman mythographer C2nd A.D.) :
"Sons of Apollo . . . Lycoreus by the Nympha Corycia."


  • Pausanias, Guide to Greece - Greek Geography C2nd AD
  • Hyginus, Fabulae - Latin Mythography C2nd AD