Salmacis
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(Σαλμακίς/Salmakís, Lat. Salmacis). Name of a Greek nymph and a spring in Caria (Cares, Caria) not far from Halicarnassus; the city had a homonymous suburb with a sanctuary to Hermaphroditus. The name is probably derived from a local language of Asia Minor. The myth of S. is associated with a late and secondary version of the legend of Hermaphroditus: S. falls in love with the son of Hermes and Aphrodite (for the first time in this form in Diod. Sic. 4,6). He, however, resists her courtship. While he is bathing in the spring, S. embraces Hermaphrod…

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Binder, Carsten (Kiel), “Salmacis”, 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 12 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1028390>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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