THERO was the Naiad Nymph of the spring, well or fountain of the town of Therapne in Lakedaimonia (Laconia) (southern Greece). She was the nurse of the god Ares.
Her name is derived from the word thêr, a wild carnivorous beast, as does the name of her town Therapne. The second part of the town's name comes from the word "apnoos", lifeless or breathless.
|Perhaps a daughter of the River EUROTAS
THERO (Thêrô). The nurse of Ares, from whom he was believed to have received the surname of Thereitas, though Pausanias thinks that this name arose from the fierceness of the god. A sanctuary of Ares Thereitas stood on the road from Sparta to Therapne, with a statue which the Dioscuri were said to have brought from Colchis. (Paus. iii. 19. § 8.)
Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.
Pausanias, Description of Greece 3. 19. 7 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"A road from the city [of Sparta in Lakedaimonia] leads [across the River Eurotas] to Therapne . . . Of all the objects along this road the oldest is a sanctuary of Ares. This is on the left of the road, and the image is said to have been brought from Kolkhis (Colchis) by the Dioskouroi (Dioscuri). They [the Spartans] surname him Theritas (the Beastly One) after Thero, who is said to have been the nurse of Ares. Perhaps it was from the Kolkhians that they heard the name Theritas, since the Greeks know of no Thero, nurse of Ares."
- Pausanias, Guide to Greece - Greek Geography C2nd AD