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SYLLIS
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Συλλις Syllis Syllis Reconciler (sylluô)

SYLLIS was a Naiad Nymph of the town of Sikyon (southern Greece). She was loved by the god Apollon and bore him a son Zeukippos, who became king of the realm.

Her son's name means "bridging or yoking the horse", a horse being both a literal horse, and also a stream or river.

PARENTS

Perhaps a daughter of the River ASOPOS

OFFSPRING

ZEUKIPPOS (by Apollon) (Pausanias 2.6.7)


Pausanias, Description of Greece 2. 6. 7 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"After Phaistos (Phaestus) [King of Sikyon (Sicyon), son of Herakles] in obedience to an oracle migrated to Krete (Crete), the next king [of Sikyon] is said to have been Zeuxippos, the son of Apollon and the Nymphe Syllis. On the death of Zeuxippos, Agamemnon led an army against Sikyon."
[N.B. It is not clear if Pausanias' chronology is correct. He or his source may merely be trying to combine several rival traditions into a single narrative.]


Sources:

  • Pausanias, Guide to Greece - Greek Geography C2nd AD