July 24th, 2010 by sabrina

Aganippe (pronounce a-ga-NIP-pee) is one of the Greek Naiades. The Naiades were generally thought to be daughters of an Okeanid mother (the 3000 daughters of Tethys and Okeanos, Goddesses of fresh water sources) and a Potamoi father (the 3000 sons of Tethys and Okeanos, Gods of the rivers); in Aganippe’s case, her father was Termessos, God of the River Termessos on Mount Helikon. Naiades were particularly responsible for water that came up from the earth, such as springs, fountains, and wells. Aganippe’s spring was at the foot of Mount Helikon, and was supposed to inspire any who drank from it. It was said to have been formed by the hooves of Pegasus, the winged horse, and was held as sacred to the nine Muses. Aganippe’s name means “gentle horse.”

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