That is, "the holder of the earth," is a common epithet of Poseidon,1 and near Therapne, in Laconia, he had a temple under the name of Gaeëochus.2 But the name is also given to other divinities to describe them as the protectors and patrons of certain districts, e.g. Artemis Gaeëochus at Thebes.3
- Homer. Odyssey xii, 240.
- Pausanias. Description of Greece iii, 20.2.
- Sophocles. Oedipus Tyrannus, 160.
- Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.
This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.