A river and its god near Smyrna in Ionia, the alleged birthplace of Homer. According to Philostratus,1 Meles took the form of a young man and seduced the nymph Cretheis and became by her the father of Homer. The poet is also known as Melesigenes, "born-of-Meles."
- Pliny the Elder. Naturalis Historia v, 118.
- Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.
- Statius. Silvae ii, 7, 33.
This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.