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What happens to dryads when their tree is destroyed?

According to the tale of Erysichthon of Thessaly and his daughter Mestra - as relayed by Ovid - dryads do not survive the destruction of their tree: But Erysichthon, heedless of all things, ...
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Poseidon has two wives when/why/how?

Different mythologies being consolidated, mainly. Originally—by which I mean as far back as we have evidence to speculate—Poseidon seems to have been married to the earth-deity Dā. The oldest ...
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Who was Thalia's mother?

I've done some preliminary research, and found nothing on Thaleia. This is one of those wonderful little "mythical myths" where the only sources are secondary: all we know of this nymph comes from a ...
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Poseidon has two wives when/why/how?

One More Wife To complicate the issue yet a little bit further, if we take Plato's dialogue Kritias into account, Poseidon actually has three wives, not just two. According to the description of the ...
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How many types of Nymphs were there?

Nymphs are associated with nature, and nature is expansive. This Source has a list near the bottom of Nymphs, their names, and their classification by dwelling. Classification tends to overlap and it'...
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Are there any examples of gods or people boasting of their ability to engage in multiple acts of sex in succession?

Heracles is said to have had intercourse with the 50 daughters of Thespius or Thestius in one night, all of whom bore him sons (Diodorus Siculus, Library 4.29.3) In another version, one daughter ...
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How were Nymphs born in Roman Mythology?

Nymph, as the word νύμφη (nymphe) indicates, are originally from Greek mythology, not Roman. It's a word that encompasses some very different entities of varying levels of god-likeness, so there is no ...
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Was it believed that nymphs were present in every river?

Homer, Iliad 20. 4 ff ff (trans. Lattimore) (Greek epic C8th B.C.) : "But Zeus, from the many-folded peak of Olympos, told Themis to summon all the gods into assembly. She went everywhere, and told ...
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Who was Thalia's mother?

We don't really know... although I have a theory. Several ancient sources mention this nymph Thaleia (or Thalia) but only one, Stephanus of Byzantium, s.v. Palikê, says anything about her parentage. ...
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Why was Perse a Nymph and not a Titan like both of her parents?

My understanding is that the nymphs were offspring of Titans; hence, not Titans proper. The nymphs were born of Oceanus and Tethys.
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Why did Hera tell Dryope to kidnap Hylas?

Hylas was beloved by Hercules, which is likely reason enough for Hera to have him kidnapped. https://wikivisually.com/wiki/Hylas
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