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RHODOPE
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Ροδοπη Rhodopê Rhodope Rose-Face
(rhodos, ops)

RHODOPE was a Naiad Nymph of Kikonia (Ciconia) in Thrake (north of Greece), a daughter of the river Hebros.

She and her husband Haimos were transformed into mountains as punishment for impersonating the gods. Both may have been Ourea (Mountain Gods) in origin.

PARENTS

[1.1] HEBROS (Lucian The Dance 51)

OFFSPRING
[1.1] HEBROS (by Haimos) (Lucian The Dance 51)
[2.1] KIKON (by Apollon) (Other References)

ENCYCLOPEDIA

RHO′DOPE (Rhodopê), the nymph of a Thracian well, was the wife of Haemus and mother of Hebrus, and is mentioned among the playmates of Persephone. (Hom. Hymn. in Cer. 423; Lucian, de Saltat. 51.)

Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.


Ovid, Metamorphoses 6. 87 ff (trans. Melville) (Roman epic C1st B.C. to C1st A.D.) :
"There in one corner of Thrace Rhodope and Haimon, icy mountains now, but once mortals, who claimed the names of gods most high."

R. E. Bell, Women of Classical Mythology :
"Loved by Apollon Rhodope gave birth to Kikon (Cicon) after whom the Kikones (Cicones) tribe of Thrace were named. She married Haimos a son of Boreas and the two initiated a cult in Thrake calling themselves Zeus and Hera. As punishment they were metamorphosed into moutains. Her father's stream was renamed after her son Hebros."


Sources:

  • Ovid, Metamorphoses - Latin Epic C1st BC - C1st AD
  • Women of Classical Mythology - English Encyclopedia of Mythology C20th AD

Other references not currently quoted here: Lucian The Dance 51; Scholiast on Virgil's Aeneid 1.321