NEMEA was the Naiad Nymph of the springs of the town of Nemea in Argolis (southern Greece). She was a daughter of the local river-god Asopos.
Nemea was probably identical to Pandeia, a daughter of Zeus and Selene, and was perhaps also identified with Langia, the Nymph of the town's spring.
|[1.1] ASOPOS (Pausanias 2.15.3 & 5.22.6)
ZEUS & SELENE (Scholiast on Pindar's Nemean Ode)
NE′MEA (Nemea), a daughter of Asopus, from whom the district of Nemea between Cleonae and Phlius in Argolis was said to have received its name. (Paus. ii. 15. § 3, v. 22. § 5.)
Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.
Pausanias, Description of Greece 2. 15. 3 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"The land [of Nemea, Argos] was named, they say, after Nemea, who was another daughter of Asopos."
Pausanias, Description of Greece 5. 22. 6 :
"The Phliasians [Sicyonians] also dedicated [at Olympia] a Zeus, the daughters of Asopos, and Asopos himself. Their images have been ordered thus: Nemea is the first of the sisters, and after her comes Zeus seizing Aigina; by Aigina stands Harpina."
Plutarch, Life of Alcibiades 16. 5 (trans. Perrin) (Greek historian C1st to C2nd A.D.) :
"Aristophon painted Nemea [goddess of the town of Nemea] with Alkibiades [an historical Athenian statesman] seated in her arms; whereat the people were delighted, and ran in crowds to see the picture."
According to the Scholiast on Pindar's Nemean Odes Nemeia was a daughter of Zeus and Selene (the Moon).
- Pausanias, Guide to Greece - Greek Geography C2nd AD
- Plutarch, Lives - Greek Historian C1st-2nd AD