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LILAIA
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Λιλαια Lilaia Lilaea Of the Town Lilaea

LILAIA (or Lilaea) was the Naiad Nymph of the spring, well or fountain of the town of Lilaia in Phokis (central Greece). She was a daughter of the local river Kephisos (Cephisus).

Lilaia was probably identified with Liriope, the wife of the River Kephisos according to some.

PARENTS
KEPHISOS (Pausanias 10.32.4)

ENCYCLOPEDIA

LILAEA (Lilaia), a Naiad, a daughter of Cephissus, from whom the town of Lilaea in Phocis was believed to have derived its name. (Paus. x. 33. & 2.)

Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.


Homeric Hymn 3 to Pythian Apollo 239 ff (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C7th or 6th B.C.) :
"Kephisos' (Cephisus') sweet stream which pours forth its sweet-flowing water from Lilaia (Lilaea)."

Pausanias, Description of Greece 10. 32. 4 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"They say that Lilaia (Lilaea) was one of the Naiades, as they are called, a daughter of the Kephisos (Cephisus), and that after this Nymphe the city [of Liliai in Phokis] was named."


Sources:

  • The Homeric Hymns - Greek Epic C8th-4th BC
  • Pausanias, Guide to Greece - Greek Geography C2nd AD