KYTHEROS (Cytherus) was a river-god of Elis in the Peloponnese, southern Greece.
The Kytheros stream was a tributary of the river Alpheios (Alpheus) which flowed from Mount Pholoe, past the town of Herakleia (Heraclea), to merge with the Alpheios a short distance downstream of the shrine of Olympia.
THE IONIDES (Pausanias 6.22.7)
CLASSICAL LITERATURE QUOTES
Strabo, Geography 8. 3. 32 (trans. Jones) (Greek geographer C1st B.C. to C1st A.D.) :
"Herakleia (Heraclea), which is also one of the eight cities [of the region of Triphylia in Elis]; it is about forty stadia distant from Olympia and is situated on the Kytheros (Cytherus) River, where is the temple of the Nymphai Ioniades (Ionides Nymphs), who have been believed to cure diseases with their waters."
Pausanias, Description of Greece 6. 22. 7 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"Distant from Olympia about fifty stades is Herakleia (Heraclea), a village of the Eleans, and beside it is a river Kytheros (Cytherus). A spring flows into the river, and there is a sanctuary of Nymphai (Nymphs) near the spring . . . their common surname is Ionides."
- Strabo, Geography - Greek Geography C1st B.C. - C1st A.D.
- Pausanias, Description of Greece - Greek Travelogue C2nd A.D.