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OIOLYKA
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Οιολυκα Oiolyka Oeolyca Lone Wolf
(oios, lykos)

OIOLYKA (or Oeolyca) was a Haliad (Marine) Nymph daughter of the hundred-handed giant Briareos, and probably a goddess of storm-generated wave-surges.

Her name means "Lone Wolf," which is perhaps a reference to the jaws of a large breaking wave generated by her parents--the storm-god Briareus and wave-goddess Kymopoleia.

PARENTS
BRIAREOS (Ibycus Frag 299)

Ibycus, Fragment 299 (from Scholiast on Apollonius Rhodius) (trans. Campbell, Vol. Greek Lyric III) (C6th B.C.) :
"There are many stories about the girdle [that Herakles was sent to fetch]: some say it belonged to Hippolyta, others to Deilyka. Ibykos is alone in saying that it belonged to Oiolyka (Oeolycus), daughter of Briareos (Briareus)."


Sources:

  • Greek Lyric III Ibycus, Fragments - Greek Lyric C6th B.C.