Minor Divinities (page 140)

Chapter 3: Olympos, the Underworld, and Minor Divinities

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Hesiod, Theogony 187

she bore the strong Erinyes and the great Giants with gleaming armour, holding long spears in their hands and the Nymphs whom they call Meliae all over the boundless earth.  Greek Text

Hesiod, Works and Days 145

Zeus the Father made a third generation of mortal men, a brazen race, sprung from ash-trees.  Greek Text

Hesiod fr 304 MW – Fragmenta Hesiodea, pp. 158-59, ed.  Merkelbach and M.L. West. Oxford 1967.

Hesiod fr 10a17-19 MW – Hesiodi Theogonia, Opera et Dies, Scutum, p. 227, ed F. Solmsen. 3d ed. Oxford 1990.

Hesiod fr 291 MW – Fragmenta Hesiodea, p. 149, ed.  Merkelbach and M.L. West. Oxford 1967. 

Homeric Hymn to Hermes 4.244

the beautiful mountain-nymph  Greek Text

Homeric Hymn to Hermes 18.4-7

He was born of Maia, the daughter of Atlas, when she had mated with Zeus, — a shy goddess she. Ever she avoided the throng of the blessed gods and lived in a shadowy cave, and there the Son of Cronos used to lie with the rich-tressed nymph at dead of night. Greek Text

Homeric Hymn to Pan 19.19-23

At that hour the clear-voiced nymphs are with him and move with nimble feet, singing by some spring of dark water, while Echo wails about the mountain-top, and the god on this side or on that of the choirs, or at times sidling into the midst, plies it nimbly with his feet. Greek Text

Homeric Hymn to Pan 19.34

to wed the rich-tressed daughter of Dryops  Greek Text

Homeric Hymn to Dionysos 26.3-10

The rich-haired Nymphs received him in their bosoms from the lord his father and fostered and nurtured him carefully in the dells of Nysa, where by the will of his father he grew up in a sweet-smelling cave, being reckoned among the immortals. But when the goddesses had brought him up, a god oft hymned, then began he to wander continually through the woody coombes, thickly wreathed with ivy and laurel. And the Nymphs followed in his train with him for their leader; and the boundless forest was filled with their outcry.  Greek Text

Homer, Iliad 6.130-33

Nay, for even the son of Dryas, mighty Lycurgus, lived not long, seeing that he strove with heavenly gods—he that on a time drave down over the sacred mount of Nysa the nursing mothers of mad Dionysus.  Greek Text

Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite 5.97-98

or else one of the Nymphs who haunt the pleasant woods, or of those who inhabit this lovely mountain  Greek Text

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