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Νωνακρις Nônakris Nonacris Of Nonacris Town,
Of the Nine Springs

NONAKRIS (or Nonacris) was the Naiad nymph of the town and springs of Nonakris in Arkadia, southern Greece. She was the wife of the impious Arkadian King Lykaon.

Nonakris is connected with the Arkadian nymphs Kyllene and Nomia who are both named as the wife of Lykaon in alternative accounts.

Perhaps a daughter of a local RIVER-GOD, though nowhere stated
[1.1] KALLISTO (by Lykaon) (Pausanias 8.3.6 & 8.17.6, Ovid Metamorphoses 2.409)


NONACRIS (Nônakris), the wife of Lycaon, from whom the town of Nonacris in Arcadia was believed to have derived its name. (Paus. viii. 17. § 5.) From this town Hermes and Evander are called Nonacriates and Nonacrius, in the general sense of Arcadian. (Steph. Byz. s. v. Nônakris; Ov. Fast. v. 97.)

Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.

Pausanias, Description of Greece 8. 17. 6 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"As you go from Pheneus [in Arkadia near Mount Kyllene (Cyllene)] to the west, the left road leads to the city Kleitor (Clitor), while on the right is the road to Nonakris and the water of the Styx. Of old Nonakris (Nonacris) was a town of the Arkadians that was named after the wife of Lykaon (Lyaon)."

Ovid, Metamorphoses 2. 409 (trans. Brookes More) (Roman epic C1st B.C. to C1st A.D.) :
"While [Zeus was] wandering in the world, he stopped amazed, when he beheld the lovely Nonacrina [i.e. Kallisto, daughter of Nonakris. Ovid later mentions that Lykaon was her father.]"


  • Pausanias, Description of Greece - Greek Travelogue C2nd A.D.
  • Ovid, Metamorphoses - Latin Epic C1st B.C. - C1st A.D.