Rhapso

Summary

In Greek mythology, Rhapso[pronunciation?] (Greek: Ῥαψώ) was a nymph or a minor goddess worshipped at Athens. She is known solely from an inscription of the 4th century BCE, found at Phaleron.[1] Her name apparently derives from the Greek verb ῥάπτω "to sew" or "to stitch".

According to some, she is associated with the Moirai (as a fate goddess) and Eileithyia (as a birth goddess); she somehow organized a man's thread of life, at birth, by some sort of stitching work (similar to Clotho of the Moirai). And according to others, she was possibly a patroness of seamstresses.[2]

Notes

  1. ^ Inscriptiones Graecae, 22, 4547
  2. ^ Rice-Stambaugh 2009, p. 114

References

  • H. G. Liddel, R. Scott, H. Stuart Jones, R. McKenzie. Greek-English Lexicon. Revised supplement. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1996; p. 269, under Ῥαψώ
  • Chantraine, Pierre. Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue grecque. Histoire des mots. Tome IV-1. Paris, Éditions Klincksiek, 1977; p. 967, sous ῥάπτω (French)
  • Glossalalia: an alphabet of critical keywords, by Julian Wolfreys, Harun Karim Thomas
  • David Gerard Rice, John E. Stambaugh. Sources for the study of Greek religion, 2009. - pp. 114, 115