Of Mideia (acropolis)
MIDEIA was the Naiad-nymph of a spring on the acropolis Mideia of the town of Aspledon in Boiotia (central Greece). She was the mother by Poseidon of Aspledon, the eponymous founder of the town.
Perhaps a daughter of the River KEPHISOS
ASPLEDON (by Poseidon) (Pausanias 9.38.8)
MIDEIA, (Mideia). A nymph, who became the mother of Aspledon by Poseidon. (Paus. ix. 38. § 6.)
Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.
CLASSICAL LITERATURE QUOTES
Pausanias, Description of Greece 9. 38. 8 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"The town [Aspledon in Boiotia] got its name from Aspledon, who was a son of the Nymphe Mideia and Poseidon. Their view is confirmed by some verses composed by Khersias (Chersias), a man of Orkhomenos (Orchomenus) :--‘To Poseidon and glorious Mideia was born Aspledon in the spacious city’ . . . Originally this city stood on high ground and was called Mideia after the mother of Aspledon."
- Pausanias, Description of Greece - Greek Travelogue C2nd A.D.
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