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ERYMANTHOS
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Ερυμανθος Erymanthos Erymanthus River Erymanthus

ERYMANTHOS was a River-God of Arkadia in the Peloponnese, southern Greece.

The Erymanthos River was a tributory of the Alpheios. It flowed south from Mounts Erymanthos and Pholoe, past the town of Psophis, to merge with the Alpheios near the Eleian border.

PARENTS
Presumably OKEANOS & TETHYS

ENCYCLOPEDIA

ERYMAN′THUS (Erumanthos). A rivergod in Arcadia. who had a temple and a statue at Psophis. (Paus. viii. 24. § 6; Aelian, V.H. ii. 33.)

Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.


Pausanias, Description of Greece 8. 24. 12 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"The people of Psophis [in Arkadia] have also by the side of the Erymanthos a temple and image of Erymanthos. The images of all rivers except the Neilos (Nile) in Aigyptos (Egypt) are made of white marble."

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 . . . The form of a man is adopted by the Psophidians for the Erymanthos, and by the Heraians for the Alpheios."


Sources:

  • Pausanias, Description of Greece - Greek Travelogue C2nd A.D.
  • Aelian, Historical Miscellany - Greek Rhetoric C2nd-3rd A.D.