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TRITEIA
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Τριτεια Triteia Tritia Of Triteia (town);
Daughter of Triton

TRITEIA was a Haliad nymph of the town of Triteia in Akhaia (Achaea), southern Greece. She may also have been the Naiad of a local fresh-water spring, like most town-Nymphai. Triteia was loved by the god Ares and bore him a son named Melanippos, the founder of her name-sake town.

Triteia appears to be related to Athena and other regional war-goddess consorts of the god Ares such as Harpina and Sterope. She also appears to have been closely identified with the Libyan Athena and her sister Pallas, the war-goddess daughters of the Libyan Lake Tritonis. Triteia may have also been identified with the war-goddess Enyo.

PARENTS
TRITON (Pausanias 7.22.8)
OFFSPRING

MELANIPPOS (by Ares) (Pausanias 7.22.8)

ENCYCLOPEDIA

TRITAEA (Tritaia), a daughter of Triton, a priestess of Athena, by whom Ares became the father of Melanippus, who gave to a town in Achaia the name of his mother. Sacrifices were offered there to Ares and Tritaea in the temple of Athena. (Paus. vii. 22. § 5, &c.)

Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.


Pausanias, Description of Greece 7. 22. 8 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"Ares mated with Triteia the daughter of Triton, that this maiden was priestess to Athena, and that Melanippos, the son of Ares and Triteia, founded the city [Triteia, Akhaia] when he grew up, naming it after his mother . . . The people here are accustomed to sacrifice both to Ares and to Triteia."


Sources:

  • Pausanias, Description of Greece - Greek Travelogue C2nd A.D.