ANAPOS was a river-god of eastern reaches of the island of Sikelia (Sicily).
The River Anapos (Anapo) flowed into the Mediterranean Sea near the Greek colony of Syrakousa (Syracuse). Other personified Sicilian rivers included the Symaithos (Symaethus), Akis (Acis) to the north and Krimisos (Crimisus) in the west.
CLASSICAL LITERATURE QUOTES
Aelian, Historical Miscellany 2. 33 (trans. Wilson) (Greek rhetorician C2nd to 3rd A.D.) :
"The nature of rivers, and their streams, are visible to us. But men who honour them, and have statues made of them, in some cases set up anthropomorphic statues, while others give them bovine form . . . In Sikelia (Sicily) the Syrakousans (Syracusans) represent Anapos as a man, whereas they honoured the spring Kyane (Cyane) with the statue of a woman."
Ovid, Metamorphoses 5. 417 ff (trans. Melville) (Roman epic C1st B.C. to C1st A.D.) :
"Cyane, the most renowned of all the Nymphae Sicelidae (Sicilian Nymphs), who gave her pool its name. Out of her waters’ midst she rose waist-high . . . `I was loved; Anapos married me; but I was wooed and won, not, like this girl, frightened and forced.'"
Nonnus, Dionysiaca 6. 129 ff (trans. Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D.) :
"In the place where that River [Anapos of Sikelia (Sicily)] had often bathed the maiden Kyane (Cyane), pouring his water in fountain-showers as a bridegift."
- Aelian, Historical Miscellany - Greek Rhetoric C2nd - 3rd A.D.
- Nonnus, Dionysiaca - Greek Epic C5th A.D.
- Ovid, Metamorphoses - Latin Epic C1st B.C. - C1st A.D.