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(Μέλισσα/Mélissa, ‘bee’). Epithet of priestesses, name of nymphs and proper name, sometimes in aetiological myths.

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[1] Priestesses of Demeter

Mélissai are the priestesses of Demeter (Pind. Fr. 158; Callim. H. 2,110; [1. no. 91]; Apollod. FGrH 244 F 89, on Paros), and in schol. Theoc. 15,94 of Persephone as well. The name probably derives from the association of bees and their behaviour, …

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Kowalzig, Barbara (Oxford), Frede, Michael (Oxford), Stanzel, Karl-Heinz (Tübingen) and Drew-Bear, Thomas (Lyon), “Melissa”, 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 16 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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