Nymphs of Ogygia
THE NYMPHAI OGYGIAI were the Naiad-nymphs of four springs beside the cavern of Kalypso (Capyso) on the mythical island of Ogygia. They were handmaidens of the nymph-queen.
CLASSICAL LITERATURE QUOTES
Homer, Odyssey 5. 20 ff (trans. Shewring) (Greek epic C8th B.C.) :
"[The cavern of Kalypso (Calypso) on Ogygia :] Around the entrance a wood rose up in abundant growth--alder and aspen and fragrant cypress . . . Trailing over the cavern's arch was a garden vine that throve and clustered; and here four springs began near each other, then in due order ran four ways with their crystal waters. Grassy meadows on either side stood thick with violet and wild parsley . . .
[Kalypso] sat down herself facing the king [Odysseus] while her handmaids [i.e. the Naiades of the four springs of the cave] served her with nectar and ambrosia. He and she stretched out their hands to the dishes there; but when they had eaten and drunk their fill."
- Homer, The Odyssey - Greek Epic C8th B.C.
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