And Limnetes (Λιμνήτης) and Limnegenes (Λιμνηγενής), i.e. inhabiting or born in a lake or marsh, is a surname of several divinities who were believed either to have sprung from a lake, or had their temples near a lake. Instances are, Dionysus at Athens,1 and Artemis at Sicyon, near Epidaurus,2 on the frontiers between Laconia and Messenia,3 near Calamae,4 at Tegea,5 Patrae.6

It is also used as a surname of nymphs7 that dwell in lakes or marshes. See limnades.



  1. Eustathius on Homer, p. 871; Callimachus. Fragments, 280 (ed. Bentl.); Thucydides, ii, 15; Aristophanes. The Frogs, 216; Athenaeus, x, p. 437; xii, p. 465.
  2. Pausanias. Description of Greece ii, 7.6; iii, 23.10.
  3. Pausanias. Description of Greece iii, 2.6, 7.4; iv, 4.2, 31.3; vii, 20.7 ff.; Strabo. Geography viii, p. 361; Tacitus. Annales iv, 43.
  4. ibid. iv, 31.3.
  5. ibid. viii, 53.11; comp. iii, 14.2.
  6. ibid. vii, 20.7.


  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

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