"Who change wine." That is, the changers of or into wine, was the name of the three or four daughters of king Anius in Delos, because they had received from Dionysus the power of changing water into wine, and any thing else they chose into corn and olives.1 When Agamemnon heard this, he wanted to carry them off by force from their father, that they might provide for the army of the Greeks at Troy; but they implored Dionysus for assistance, and were accordingly metamorphosed into doves.



  1. Tzetzes on Lycophron, 750


  • Ovid. Metamorphoses xiii, 640.
  • Servius on Virgil's Aeneid iii, 80.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

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