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MELITE
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Μελιτη Melitê Melite Honey-Sweet
(melitê)

MELITE (or Mileta) was a Naiad Nymph of Mount Melite on the mythical island of the Phaiakes (Phaeacians), sometimes identified as the Greek island Korkyra (Corcyra). According to some she was loved by Herakes, and bore him a son Hyllos, though by most accounts the boy's mother was Deianeira.

She appears to have been closely identified with the honey Nymphe Makris. Their fathers were may have been related: Aigaios (of the goats) and Aristaios Nomios (of the excellent pastures).

PARENTS
AIGAIOS (Apollonius Rhodius 4.538)
OFFSPRING

HYLLOS (by Herakles) (Apollonius Rhodius 4.538)

ENCYCLOPEDIA

MELITE (Melitê).A Naias, a daughter of the river-god Aegaeus, who became, by Heracles, the mother of Hyllus, in the country of the Phaeacians. (Apollon. Rhod. iv. 538.)

Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.


Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica 4. 538 ff (trans. Rieu) (Greek epic C3rd B.C.) :
"He [Hyllos] was the son of the beautiful Melite by Herakles and was born in the Phaiakian (Phaeacian) land, for his father had come to King Nausithous and the island of Makris, nurse of Dionysos, to obtain absolution for the murder of his children. There Herakles fell in love with the Naias Melite, a daughter of the River Aigaios (Aegaeus), and she bore him the mighty Hyllos."


Sources:

  • Apollonius Rhodius, The Argonautica - Greek Epic C3rd BC