In Greek Mythology, the Nysiads or Nysiades (Νυσιάδες) were Okeanid nymphs of mythical Mount Nysa. Zeus entrusted the infant god Dionysus to their care, and the Nysiads raised him with the assistance of the old satyr-god Seilenos. When Dionysus was grown the Nysiads joined his company as the first of the Bakkhantes.
The names of the nymphs include:
- Bromia or Bromis
- Polymno or Polyhymno
- Homeric Hymn 26 to Dionysus 2 ff
- Hyginus, Fabulae, 182
- Also occurs in Terpander, Fragment 9
- In Diodorus Siculus' Library of History, 3. 69, she is called daughter of Aristaeus
- Nonnus, Dionysiaca, 14. 219 ff
- In Bibliotheca 3. 4. 3, the identification is explicit: "...the Nymphai of Asian Nysa, whom Zeus in later times placed among the stars and named the Hyades."
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