A Phrygian naiad, and a follower of Artemis. She is mentioned as the daughter of Sangarius and Cybele. The shepherd Hymnus loved her but she was distressed by his persistence and shot an arrow through his heart. Eros became furious over her cruelty and made Dionysus fall in love with her. Dionysus pursued her for a long time but she always refused his advances. He then got her drunk and while she slept had his way with her. The child born of their union was Telete. Afterwards she hanged herself, and Dionysus called the town of Nicaea after her.



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  • Nonnus. Dionysiaca xv, 16; xlviii, 965.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.