A surname of Demeter, derived from Mycalessus in Boeotia, where the goddess had a sanctuary.

Pausanias says of the sanctuary of Mycalessian Demeter that each night it is shut up and opened again by Heracles, and that Heracles is one of what are called the Idaean Dactyls. He also reports that the fruits of autumn placed before the feet of the image remain fresh throughout the year.



  • Pausanias. Description of Greece ix, 19.5.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.