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Acraea (Ancient Greek: Ἀκραία) was a name that had several uses in Greek and Roman mythology.[1]

  • Acraea was a daughter of the river-god Asterion near Mycenae, who together with her sisters Euboea and Prosymna (Πρόσυμνα) acted as nurses to Hera. A hill Acraea opposite the temple of Hera near Mycenae derived its name from her.[2]
  • Acraea and Acraeus are also epithets given to various goddesses and gods whose temples were situated upon hills, such as Zeus, Hera, Aphrodite, Pallas, Artemis, and others.[3][4][5][6]


  1. ^ Schmitz, Leonhard (1867), "Acraea", in Smith, William (ed.), Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, 1, Boston, MA, p. 14
  2. ^ Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio 2.17.2
  3. ^ Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio 1.1.3 & 2.24.1
  4. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 1.9.28
  5. ^ Vitruv. i. 7
  6. ^ Ezechiel Spanheim, In Callimachi hymnos observationes, in Jov. 82.


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