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PEUKE
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Πευκη Peukê Peuce Of the Island Peuce

PEUKE (or Peuce) was the Naiad Nymph of the springs of the Skythian island of Peuke at the mouth of the river Istros (Danube) in western Skythia (now Romania).

PARENTS
Perhaps a daughter of the River ISTROS
OFFSPRING
PEUKON (Valerius Flaccus 6.564)

Valerius Flaccus, Argonautica 8. 217 ff (trans. Mozley) (Roman epic C1st A.D.) :
"An island, called Peuce from the name of the Sarmatian Nympha, stand where Hister [the Danube], savage stream, shoe either bank is ever terrible, flows down through his wild nurslings to the sea."

Valerius Flaccus, Argonautica 6. 564 ff :
"Peucon [the Skythian] falls [in the war with Aeetes of Kolkhis (Colchis)], his hair that curled over his dark temples still veiled in his [Naiad] mother's reeds; but at the self-same hour in her deep cave his Maeotian parent filled the lakes with lamentation as she called upon her son, who no more would scour the banks and undulating meres, nor slay hinds upon the marble [frozen] surface of mid-lake."


Sources:

  • Valerius Flaccus, The Argonautica - Latin Epic C1st AD