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Nymphai Hyperboreioi

three Hyperborean nymphs who presided over aspects of archery

THE NYMPHAI HYPERBOREIAI were three Nymphs from the mythical land of Hyperborea, who were worshipped as demi-goddesses on the island of Delos.

They were attendants of the goddess Artemis who presided over the various skills of archery - aim (opsis), trajectory (loxos) and distancing (hekaergos).

HECAERGE a daughter of Boreas, and one of the Hyperborean maidens, who were believed to have introduced the worship of Artemis in Delos. The name Hecaerge signifies hitting at a distance; and it is not improbable that the story of the Hyperborean maiden may have arisen out of an attribute of Artemis, who bore the surname of Hecaerge. Aphrodite had the same surname at Iulis in Cos.

LOXO a daughter of Boreas, one of the Hyperborean maidens, who brought the worship of Artemis to Delos, whence it is also used as a surname of Artemis herself.

UPIS (Oupis) A Hyperborean maiden, who together with Arge carried an offering, which had been vowed for the birth of Apollo and Artemis, to Eileithyia, at Delos.

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Sources

[1] "Theoi"




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