Nilus (mythology)

Nilus /ˈnlʊs/ or Neilos (Ancient Greek: Νειλος or Νεῖλόν), in Greek mythology, was one of the Potamoi, children of Oceanus and Tethys.[1][2] He represented the god of the Nile river itself and was father to several children. Of these included Memphis[3] (mother of Libya by Epaphus a king of Egypt), as well as a son named Nilus Ankhmemiphis (the father of Anchinoe and Telephassa)[citation needed].

His granddaughter Libya in turn became mother to Belus and Agenor. These sons then married (presumably) younger daughters of his son Nilus named Anchiroe[4] and Telephassa respectively. A daughter Chione[5] was said to be borne to Nilus and Callirhoe, an Oceanid. His other children include: Argiope,[6] Anippe,[7] Eurryroe and Europa[8] and (possibly) Caliadne and Polyxo.

"And Tethys bore to Ocean eddying rivers, Nilus, and Alpheus, and deep-swirling Eridanus.."

"From Oceanus and Tethys the Oceanides . . . Of the same descent Rivers : Strymon, Nile, Euphrates, Tanais, Indus, Cephisus, Ismenus, Axenus, Achelous, Simoeis, Inachus, Alpheus, Thermodon, Scamandrus, Tigris, Maeandrus, Orontes."

"When Epaphos was ruler of the Aigyptians (Egyptians), he married Neilos' daughter Memphis, and in her honour founded the polis of Memphis, and fathered a daughter Libya."

"Belos (Belus) remained to become king of Aigyptos (Egypt), and married Neilos' daughter Ankhinoe (Anchinoe), who gave him twin sons, Aigyptos (Aegyptus) and Danaus."

"Bousiris (Busiris), the son of Poseidon and Anippe, daughter of Neilos . . . So says Agathon of Samos."

"Hippostratus says that Aegyptus has begotten only by Eurryroe,
The daughter of Nilus, fifty sons;
As well as Danaus has begotten all his daughters,
By Europa, the daughter of Nilus,..."

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