A fountain at the foot of Mount Helicon in Boeotia (see Helicon). It is dedicated to the Muses because it imparted poetic inspiration. For this reason the Muses are sometimes called Aganippides. The fountain was said to have been created when the hoofs of the winged horse Pegasus struck the ground. Cp. Hippocrene.
It also the name of the nymph of this fountain, daughter of the river god Termessus, which flows round Helicon.
- Aken, Dr. A.R.A. van. (1961). Elseviers Mythologische Encyclopedie. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
- Pausanias. Description of Greece ix, 29.5.
- Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.
- Virgil. Eclogues x, 12.