Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Μεμφις Memphis Memphis Of the City Memphis

MEMPHIS was the Naiad Nymph of the well or fountain of the Egyptian city of Memphis. She was a daughter of the River Nile, who married Epaphos the founder king of her name-sake city.

NEILOS (Apollodorus 2.10)
LIBYA (by Epaphos) (Apollodorus 2.10)


MEMPHIS (Memphis). A daughter of Neilus and wife of Epaphus, by whom she became the mother of Libya. The town of Memphis in Egypt was said to have derived its name from her. (Apollod. ii. 1. § 4.) Others call her a daughter of the river-god Uchoreus, and add that by Neilus she became the mother of Aegyptus. (Diod. i. 51.)

Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.

Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 2. 10 (trans. Aldrich) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.) :
"When Epaphos was ruler of the Aigyptians (Egyptians), he married Neilos' (the River Nile's) daughter Memphis, and in her honour founded the polis of Memphis, and fathered a daughter Libya."


  • Apollodorus, The Library - Greek Mythography C2nd BC