Nymphs of Melos
THE NYMPHAI MELIAI were Naiad-nymphs of the Aegean island of Melos. They were transformed into frogs by Zeus as punishment for burying the body of Euphorion, a blasphemous youth who had tried to fly to heaven.
Presumably daughters of a mainland RIVER-GOD
CLASSICAL LITERATURE QUOTES
Ptolemy Hephaestion, New History Book 4 (summary from Photius, Myriobiblon 190) (trans. Pearse) (Greek mythographer C1st to C2nd A.D.) :
"There was born of Helene and Akhilleus (Achilles) in the Islands of the Blest a winged child named Euphorion after the fertility of this land; Zeus caught him and with a blow knocked him to earth in the isle of Melos, where he continued the pursuit and changed the Nymphai (Nymphs) there into frogs because they had given him burial."
- Ptolemy Hephaestion, New History - Greek Mythography C1st - 2nd A.D.
- Photius, Myriobiblon - Byzantine Greek Scholar C9th A.D.
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