Nymphs of Erasinus
THE ERASINIDES were four Naiad-nymphs of the River Erasinos in Argolis (southern Greece). They welcomed, and became attendants of, the goddess Britomartis when she arrived in their country from Phoinikia (Phoenicia) or the island of Krete (Crete).
ERASINOS (Antoninus Liberalis 40)
BYZE, MELITE, MAIRA, ANKHIROE (Antoninus Liberalis 40)
MAERA (Maira). One of the four daughters of Erasinus of Argos. (Anton. Lib. 40.)
MELITE (Melitê). A daughter of Erasinus of Argos, was visited by Britomartis.
Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.
CLASSICAL LITERATURE QUOTES
Antoninus Liberalis, Metamorphoses 40 (trans. Celoria) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.) :
"[Britomartis] arrived in Argos from Phoinikia (Phoenicia) [Lebanon], entering into the company of the daughters of Erasinos (Erasinus), Byze, Melite, Maira (Maera), Ankhirhoe (Anchiroe). Then she went from Argos to Kephallenia (Cephallenia) . . . Then she went to Krete (Crete)."
NAMES OF THE ERASINIDES
Pouring-Flow (anacheô, rhoos)
- Antoninus Liberalis, Metamorphoses - Greek Mythography C2nd A.D.