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LIRIOPE
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Λιριοπη
Λειριοπη
Liriopê
Leiriopê
Liriope Face of Narcissus
Flower (leirion, ops)

LIRIOPE was a Naiad Nymph of Phokis (central Greece) loved by the River-god Kephisos (Cephisus).

Her names means "face of the narcissus", leirion being another Greek name for the flower narkissos, though possibly the two were different species. Appropriately she was the mother of the boy Narkissos, who was transformed into his self-named flower.

She was probably identified with Lilaia, the Naias of the springs at the source of the river Kephisos.

PARENTS
Perhaps a daughter of OKEANOS & TETHYS
OFFSPRING
NARKISSOS (by Kephisos) (Ovid Metamorphoses 3.342)

Ovid, Metamorphoses 3. 342 ff (trans. Melville) (Roman epic C1st B.C. to C1st A.D.) :
"Wave-blue water-nymph Liriope, whom once Cephisos in his sinuous flow embracing held and ravished. In due time the lovely Nymphe bore a fine infant boy, from birth adorable, and named her son Narcissus; and of him she asked the seer [Teiresias of Thebes], would he long years and ripe old age enjoy, who answered ‘If he shall himself not know.’ For long his words seemed vain; what they concealed the lad’s strange death and stranger love revealed [he fell in love with his own reflection and wasted away in unfulfilled yearning]."


Sources:

  • Ovid, Metamorphoses - Latin Epic C1st BC - C1st AD