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AIGAIOS
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Αιγαιος Aigaios Aegaeus River Aegaeus

AIGAIOS (or Aegaeus) was a River-God of the island of the Phaiakians.

The Phaiakian island was sometimes identified as Black Korkyra.

PARENTS
Presumably OKEANOS & TETHYS
OFFSPRING

MELITE, THE AIGAIIDES (Argonautica 4.538 & 4.1141)


Homer, Odyssey 5. 452 ff (trans. Shewring) (Greek epic C8th B.C.) :
"[After Odysseus' raft was destroyed in a storm, he was carried by the waves to the Phaiakian's isle :] And when in his swimming he [Odysseus] came abreast of a flowing river, where he thought the ground best to land on, being clear of rocks and sheltered from winds besides, he hailed the outflowing stream as a god and prayed to him in his heart thus : `Hear me, Lord, whosoever you may be. I find in you an answer to all my prayers, as I seek a refuge from the sea and from the threatenings of Poseidon. Do not even the Deathless Ones owe compassion to a mortal who comes to them as a wanderer and a suppliant? Such a man am I, approaching your stream, approaching your knees, after much distress. Have pity upon me, Lord; a suppliant is what I claim to be.’
So he prayed, and the god forthwith checked his stream and held back his waves; he stilled the waters before Odysseus and brought him safe to the river’s mouth."

Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica 4. 1141 ff (trans. Rieu) (Greek epic C3rd B.C.) :
"[At the wedding of Jason and Medea on the island of the Phaiakians :] Nymphai gathered flowers for them . . . Some of these Nymphai were daughters of the River Aigaios."


Sources:

  • Homer, The Odyssey - Greek Epic C8th B.C.
  • Apollonius Rhodius, The Argonautica - Greek Epic C3rd B.C.