Minor Divinities (page 139)

Chapter 3: Olympos, the Underworld, and Minor Divinities

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ApB 2.5.4 – Apollodoros, Bibliotheke (Library)

So passing through Pholoe he [Herakles] was entertained by the centaur Pholus, a son of Silenus by a Melian nymph.  Greek Text

Pausanias, Description of Greece 1.23.5

The oldest of the Satyrs they call Sileni.  Greek text

Homer, Iliad 3.130

Come hither, dear ladyGreek Text

Homer, Iliad 9.560

for the sake of the fair-ankled maid  Greek Text

Homer, Iliad 18.492

they were leading the brides from their bowers through the city.  Greek Text

Homer, Iliad 6.21-26

and he went on after Aesepus and Pedasus, whom on a time the fountain-nymph Abarbarea bare to peerless Bucolion. Now Bucolion was son of lordly Laomedon, his eldest born, though the mother that bare him was unwed; he while shepherding his flocks lay with the nymph in love, and she conceived and bare twin sons.  Greek text

Homer, Iliad 14.444-45

the son of Enops, whom a peerless Naiad nymph conceived to Enops, as he tended his herds by the banks of Satnioeis.  Greek Text

Homer, Iliad 20.383-85

the valiant son of Otrynteus, the leader of a great host, whom a Naiad nymph bare to Otrynteus, sacker of cities, beneath snowy Timolus in the rich land of Hyde.  Greek Text

Homer, Iliad 6.419

and all about were elm-trees planted by nymphs of the mountain, daughters of Zeus that beareth the aegis.  Greek Text

Homer, Iliad 24.615-16

on Sipylus, where, men say, are the couching-places of goddesses, even of the nymphs that range swiftly in the dance about Achelous  Greek Text

Homer, Iliad 20.8-9

There was no river that came not, save only Oceanus, nor any nymph, of all that haunt the fair copses, the springs that feed the rivers, and the grassy meadows.  Greek Text

Homer, Odyssey 4.743

Dear lady, thou mayest verily slay me with the pitiless sword  Greek Text

Homer, Odyssey 1.14

the queenly nymph Calypso, that bright goddess  Greek Text

Homer, Odyssey 5 passim (5.14)

in the halls of the nymph Calypso  Greek Text

Homer, Odyssey 10.543

and the nymph clothed herself in a long white robe  Greek Text

Homer, Odyssey 5.230

and the nymph clothed herself in a long white robe  Greek Text

Homer, Odyssey 1.71-73

and the nymph Thoosa bore him, daughter of Phorcys who rules over the unresting sea  Greek Text

Homer, Odyssey 12.132

fair-tressed nymphs, Phaethusa and Lampetie, whom beautiful Neaera bore to Helios Hyperion  Greek Text

Homer, Odyssey 9.154

and the nymphs, the daughters of Zeus who bears the aegis, roused the mountain goats, that my comrades might have whereof to make their meal.  Greek Text

Homer, Odyssey 6.105-8

and with her sport the wood-nymphs, the daughters of Zeus who bears the aegis, and Leto is glad at heart—high above them all Artemis holds her head and brows, and easily may she be known, though all are fair  Greek Text

Homer, Odyssey 6.122-24

There rang in my ears a cry as of maidens, of nymphs who haunt the towering peaks of the mountains, the springs that feed the rivers, and the grassy meadows!  Greek Text

Homer, Odyssey 13.103-4

At the head of the harbor is a long-leafed olive tree, and near it a pleasant, shadowy cave sacred to the nymphs that are called Naiads.  Greek Text

Homer, Odyssey 13.347-50

and near it is the pleasant, shadowy cave, sacred to the nymphs that are called Naiads. This, thou must know, is the vaulted cave in which thou wast wont to offer to the nymphs many hecatombs that bring fulfillment.  Greek Text

Homer, Odyssey 13.355-60

And straightway he prayed to the nymphs with upstretched hands: “Ye Naiad Nymphs, daughters of Zeus, never did I think to behold you again, but now I hail you with loving prayers. Aye, and gifts too will I give, as aforetime, if the daughter of Zeus, she that drives the spoil, shall graciously grant me to live, and shall bring to manhood my dear son.”  Greek Text

Homer, Odyssey 17.210-11

from the rock above, and on the top was built an altar to the nymphs where all passers-by made offerings.  Greek Text

Homer, Odyssey 17.240-46

“Nymphs of the fountain, daughters of Zeus, if ever Odysseus burned upon your altars pieces of the thighs of lambs or kids, wrapped in rich fat, fulfil for me this prayer; grant that he, my master, may come back, and that some god may guide him. Then would he scatter all the proud airs which now thou puttest on in thy insolence,ever roaming about the city, while evil herdsmen destroy the flock.”  Greek Text

Hesiod, Theogony 129-30

And she [Earth] brought forth long hills, graceful haunts of the goddess Nymphs who dwell amongst the glens of the hills.  Greek Text

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