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MIDEIA
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Μιδειη Mideiê Mideia Of the Town Mideia

MIDEIA was the Naiad Nymph of a spring on the acropolis (called the Mideia) of the town of Aspledon in Boiotia (central Greece). Her son by Poseidon was the eponymous founder of the town, Aspledon.

PARENTS
Perhaps a daughter of the River KEPHISOS
OFFSPRING
ASPLEDON (by Poseidon) (Pausanias 9.38.8)

ENCYCLOPEDIA

MIDEIA, (Mideia). A nymph, who became the mother of Aspledon by Poseidon. (Paus. ix. 38. § 6.)

Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.


Pausanias, Description of Greece 9. 38. 8 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"The town [Aspledon, Boiotia] got its name from Aspledon, who was a son of the Nymphe Mideia and Poseidon. Their view is confirmed by some verses composed by Khersias, a man of Orkhomenos:--‘To Poseidon and glorious Mideia was born Aspledon in the spacious city’ . . . Originally this city stood on high ground and was called Mideia after the mother of Aspledon."


Sources:

  • Pausanias, Guide to Greece - Greek Geography C2nd AD