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Oreithyia
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(Ὠρείθυια/Ōreíthyia). Mentioned in Homer (Il. 18,48) as a Nereid, but not in Hesiod's catalogue of Nereids (Theog. 240ff., Apollod. 1,11f.). Her name ('storming in the mountains') suggests she is a 'bride of the wind'. In Attic mythology, she is the daughter of the Attic king Erechtheus and of Praxithea. O. is abducted to Thrace by the wind god Boreas, who makes her his wife (Hdt. 7.189; Verg. G. 4,463). Their children are Cleopatra [I 1] and Chione [1] as well as Calais and Zetes, who take part in the expedition of the Argonauts (Apoll. Rhod. 1.212ff.; Hyg. Fab. 14; Ov…

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Harder, Ruth Elisabeth (Zürich), “Oreithyia”, 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 06 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e900420>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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