Melia (nymph)

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In Greek mythology, Melia or Melie (Μελίη) was a Bithynian nymph, who was, by Poseidon, the mother of Amycus and Mygdon, both kings of the Bebryces.[1] The name Melia perhaps derived from a misreading of a line of Apollonius of Rhodes containing Βιθυνὶς Μελίη, which instead of being read as Melia from Bithynia, might instead be read as Bithynis the Melia, i.e. Bithynis the ash tree nymph.[2]


  1. ^ Parada, p. 115; Hard, p. 386; Smith, s.v. Amycus, s.v. Mygdon; Hyginus, Fabulae 17; Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica 2.1–4; Servius, Commentary on the Aeneid of Vergil 5.373; described only as "a Bithynian nymph" at Apollodorus, 1.9.20 (see Frazer's note).
  2. ^ Cameron, p. 264.


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  • Apollonius of Rhodes, Apollonius Rhodius: the Argonautica, translated by Robert Cooper Seaton, W. Heinemann, 1912. Internet Archive.
  • Cameron, Alan, Greek Mythography in the Roman World, Oxford University Press, Sep 2, 2004. ISBN 9780190291099
  • Hard, Robin, The Routledge Handbook of Greek Mythology: Based on H.J. Rose's "Handbook of Greek Mythology", Psychology Press, 2004, ISBN 9780415186360.
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  • Parada, Carlos, Genealogic Guide to Greek Mythology, Jonsered, Paul Åströms Förlag, 1993.
  • Servius, Commentary on the Aeneid of Vergil, Georgius Thilo, Ed. 1881. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library.
  • Smith, William; Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, London (1873). s.v. Amycus; s.v. Mygdon
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