The protectress of births, occurs both as a surname of Aphrodite,1 and as a distinct divinity and a companion of Aphrodite.2 Genetyllis was also considered as a surname of Artemis, to whom women sacrificed dogs.3

We also find the plural, Genetullides (Γενετυλλίδες), or Gennaïdes (Γενναΐδες), as a class of divinities presiding over generation and birth, and as companions of Aphrodite Colias.4



  1. Aristophanes. Clouds, 52, with the Scholiast.
  2. Suidas.
  3. Hesychius, s.v. Γενετυλίς; Aristophanes. Lysistrata, 2.
  4. Aristophanes. Thesmophoriazusae, 130; Pausanias. Description of Greece i, 4; Alciphron, iii, 2; comp. Bentley on Horace's Carmen Saeculare, 16.


  • 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.