Cleodora (nymph)


In Greek mythology, Kleodora or Cleodora (/kləˈdɔːrə/) was one of the prophetic Thriae, nymphs who divined the future by throwing stones or pebbles and were associated with the Oracle of Delphi. She and her sisters Melaina and Daphnis lived on Mount Parnassus, where Delphi is located. With Poseidon (or Kleopompos), she was the mother of Parnassos,[1] who created a method of telling the future using birds and founded the main city on Mt. Parnassus. Kleodora's father was Cephissus, a river-god of northern Boeotia. Kleodora's name means "Glorious Gift", in reference to her gift of prophecy.

As a member of the Thriae, Kleodora is often conflated with the bee maidens of the Homeric Hymn to Hermes, whom Apollo directs Hermes to learn prophecy from.[2]


  1. ^ Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio 10.6.13
  2. ^ Larson, Jennifer (1996). "The Corycian Nymphs and the Bee Maidens of the Homeric Hymn to Hermes". Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies: 341–357.


  • Pausanias, Description of Greece with an English Translation by W.H.S. Jones, Litt.D., and H.A. Ormerod, M.A., in 4 Volumes. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1918. ISBN 0-674-99328-4. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library
  • Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio. 3 vols. Leipzig, Teubner. 1903. Greek text available at the Perseus Digital Library.

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