LELANTOS was the younger Titan god of air and the hunter's skill of stalking prey. His name was derived from the Greek words lêthô, lanthanô, and lelathon, meaning "to escape notice," "move unseen" or "go unobserved." On a geographical level, Lelantos was probably associated with the Lelantian plain of Euboia. However Nonnus transfers the myth to Phrygia.
Lelantos is apparently the male counterpart of Leto, just as his daughter, the virgin huntress Aura ("Breeze"), is the counterpart of Leto's Artemis.
|AURA (by Periboia) (Dionysiaca 48.264)
Nonnus, Dionysiaca 48. 264 ff (trans. Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D.) :
"There [in Phrygia] grew Aura the mountain maiden of Rhyndakos, and hunted over the foothills of rocky Dindymon. She was unacquainted with love . . . like a younger Artemis, this daughter of Lelantos; for the father of this stormfoot girl was ancient Lelantos the Titan, who wedded Periboia, a daughter of Okeanos; a manlike maid she was, who knew nothing of Aphrodite."
Nonnus, Dionysiaca 48. 442 ff :
"[Artemis calls on Nemesis to turn Aura to stone for her insults :] And the goddess [Nemesis] replied with encouraging words :
`Chaste daughter of Leto . . . I will not use my sickle to chastise a Titan girl, I will not make the maiden a stone in Phrygia, for I am myself born of the ancient race of Titanes, and her father Lelantos might blame me when he heard.'" [N.B. the mother of Aura is Nemesis' sister Periboia.]
LELANTON IN EUBOIA
The Titan may have been associated with the plain of Lelanton in Euboia.
Aelian, Historical Miscellany 6. 1 (trans. Wilson) (Greek rhetorician C2nd to 3rd A.D.) :
"When the Athenians took control of Khalkis [in Euboia, 506 B.C.] . . . they consecrated shrines to Athena in the place called Lelanton."
- Aelian, Historical Miscellany - Greek Rhetoric C2nd-3rd A.D.
- Nonnos, Dionysiaca - Greek Epic C5th A.D.