Amatheia (mythology)


In Greek mythology, Amatheia (Ancient Greek: Ἀμάθεια means 'rears, nurses' or 'she is sparkling water'[1]) was the "fair-tressed" Nereid[2] and was described to have "azure locks luxuriant" or as some translations put it "long, heavy hair".[1] As one of these 50 sea-nymphs, she was the daughter of the 'Old Man of the Sea' Nereus and the Oceanid Doris.[1] Variations of her names were Æmathia,[3] Amathea[4] and Amathia[5] which means "queen of voice".[1]


Amatheia and her other sisters appeared to Thetis when she cries out in sympathy for the grief of Achilles for his slain friend Patroclus.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Bane, Theresa (2013). Encyclopedia of Fairies in World Folklore and Mythology. McFarland, Incorporated, Publishers. p. 26. ISBN 9780786471119.
  2. ^ Homer, Iliad 18.48
  3. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae Preface (Latin ed. Micyllus; Scheffero)
  4. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae Preface (Latin ed. Munckerus)
  5. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae Preface (Latin ed. Bunte)
  6. ^ Homer, Iliad 18.39-51


  • Gaius Julius Hyginus, Fabulae from The Myths of Hyginus translated and edited by Mary Grant. University of Kansas Publications in Humanistic Studies. Online version at the Topos Text Project.
  • Homer, The Iliad with an English Translation by A.T. Murray, Ph.D. in two volumes. Cambridge, MA., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1924. ISBN 978-0674995796. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library.
  • Homer, Homeri Opera in five volumes. Oxford, Oxford University Press. 1920. ISBN 978-0198145318. Greek text available at the Perseus Digital Library.