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NEMEA
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Νεμεα Νεμεια Nemea, Nemeia Nemea Of the Town Nemea

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.

PARENTS
[1.1] ASOPOS (Pausanias 2.15.3 & 5.22.6)
[2.1] ZEUS & SELENE (Scholiast on Pindar's Nemean Ode)

ENCYCLOPEDIA

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).


Sources:

  • Pausanias, Guide to Greece - Greek Geography C2nd AD
  • Plutarch, Lives - Greek Historian C1st-2nd AD