||Sweet, Honey (meli)
MELIA was the Naiad Nymph of the spring or fountain of the main town of the Aegean island of Keos (Ceos). She was loved by the Apollon, and bore him the eponymous king of the island, Keos.
Her name comes from the word meli, honey, which was often used to describe the sweet waters of springs.
Callimachus, Aitia Fragment 3.1 (from Oxyrhynchus Papyri 7) (trans. Trypanis) (Greek poet C3rd B.C.) :
"This we heard from old Xenomedes, who once enshrined all the island [the island of Keos] in a mythological history: beginning with the tale of how it was inhabited by the Nymphai Korykiai (Corycian) whom a great lion drave from Parnassos: wherefore also they called it Hydrussa . . . Keos (Ceos), son of Phoibos [Apollon] and Melia, caused it [the island of Hydrussa, now Keos] to take another name."
- Callimachus, Fragments - Greek C3rd BC