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(Μελίαι, Μελιάδες; Melíai, Meliádes). Tree, esp. ash nymphs, related to the dryads and hamadryads [1; 2]. According to Hes. Theog. 176-187, they arose, like the Erinyes and Titans, from drops of blood from the castration of Uranus, which fell to Earth ( Gaia) and fertilized her. Hes. Op. 145 confines the descent of humans from tree divinities to the third age of iron ( Ages). Some of these nymphs are linked in local legend with heroes: (1) a Theban nymph, daughter of Oceanus, mother of Ismenius and Tenerus (Pind. Pyth. 11,3-10; Lycophr. 1211; Paus. 9,10,5 and 26,1).…

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von Stuckrad, Kocku (Erfurt), “Meliae”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 24 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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