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In Greek mythology, Corcyra /kɔrˈsaɪərə/ or Korkyra /kɔrˈkaɪərə/ was the daughter of the Asopos river and the nymph Metope. According to myth Poseidon fell in love with the beautiful nymph Korkyra, kidnapped her and brought her to a hitherto unnamed island and offered her name to the place: Korkyra or Kerkyra (modern Corfu). Together they had a child Phaiax after whom the inhabitants of the island, Phaiakes, were named; their name was later transliterated in Latinate orthography to Phaeacians. [1][2]


  1. ^ Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica. 4.557 [1]
  2. ^ Diodorus Siculus, Library of History, 4.72.3 [2]