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Monday, April 29, 2013

Y is for Nysus

This is a challenge to post every day in April (except on Sundays) blogging thematically from A to Z. Go HERE for details. My A-Z theme this year is Greek Mythology inspired by the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan that I recently read.  Please be aware that what I write is my interpretation of my findings and may not necessarily be accurate are straight quotes.
Also, "Featured Book" at the end of these posts are books I've reviewed in this book blog, coinciding with the letter of the day.

I couldn't find a Greek mythology that started with the letter "Y" so as the second letter will have to suffice.

Again no image of Nysos but here's one of Dionysos or Dionysus (God of Wine, God of Nysos) whom he was charged to take care of.

Nysos or Nysus:

  • He was an old rustic rustic god or Seilen who made his home on the mythical Mount Nysa.
  • There he was entrusted with the care of the young god Dionysos, whom he reared with the help of his five daughters, the Nysiades.
  • His mountain home was traditionally identified with Mount Kithairon (Cithaeron) in Boiotia. Its southern vales, known as the Nysaian fields, were the site of the abduction of Persephone in the Homeric Hymns.
  • The god Nysos was probably the same as Seilenos, who was the usual nurse of Dionysos, and he was probably also identified with the mountain-god Kithairon.
  • According to Pseudo-Hyginus, Fabulae 179 (trans. Grant) (Roman mythographer C2nd A.D.) :"Jove [Zeus], coming with lightning and thunder, burned Semele to death. From her womb Liber [Dionysos] was born. Mercurius [Hermes] snatched him from the fire and gave him to Nysus [Seilenos] to be reared. In Greek he is called Dionysus.
  • According to "Pseudo-Hyginus, Fabulae 131 :"When Liber [Dionysos] was leading his army into India, he gave the authority over his Theban kingdom to his nurse Nysus until he should come back. But after Liber returned from there, Nysus was unwilling to yield the kingdom. Since Liber [Dionysos] didn't want to quarrel with his nurse he permitted him to keep the kingdom until an opportunity should come to recover it. And so, three years later, he made up the quarrel with him, and pretended he wanted to celebrate in the state the sacred rites termed Trieteric, because he performed them after the third year. He introduced soldiers as Bacchanals in women's dress, captured Nysus, and recovered his kingdom."

Theoi Greek Mythology


Featured Book:

Your Happily Ever After by Dieter F. Uchtdorf

My Rating: 5

1 comment:

  1. Well, you managed that one just fine. Second letters count in my book.

    And I found out about a new guy I'd never heard of.


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