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Achelois was a name attributed to several figures in Greek mythology.

  • Achelois (Greek: Ἀχελωίς, Ἀkhelōís, English translation: "she who washes away pain") was a minor Greek moon goddess. She was frequently the recipient of sacrifices ordered by the Dodonian Oracle, in order for her subjects to be cured of their ailments.[1]
  • Achelois was a surname of the Sirens, the daughters of Achelous.[2][3]
  • Achelois was a general name for water-nymphs, as in Columella,[4] where the companions of the Pegasids are called Acheloides.


  1. ^ Schmitz, Leonhard (1867), "Achelois (1) and (2)", in Smith, William, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, 1, Boston, MA, p. 8
  2. ^ Ovid, Metamorphoses v. 552, xiv. 87.
  3. ^ Bibliotheca i. 7. § 10.
  4. ^ Columella x. 263

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "Achelois". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.