The Anigrides (Greek: Ἀνίγριδες) were in Greek mythology the nymphs -- that is, the potamides -- of the river Anigrus in Elis. On the coast of Elis, not far from the mouth of the river, there was a grotto sacred to them near modern Samiko, which was visited by persons afflicted with skin diseases. They were supposedly cured here by prayers and sacrifices to the nymphs, and by bathing in the river. The earliest known attestation of the cult of these nymphs was from the poet Moero in the 3rd century BCE.
The river Anigrus (or Anigros) itself was a small stream in southern Elis that flowed down from Mount Lapithas and the mountains at Minthi to the Ionian Sea. The waters are distinctly sulfuric in character. The river and cave are now part of the thermal springs of Kaiafas.
- Lambrakis, Nicolaos; Katsanou, Konstantina (2014), "Geothermal fields and thermal waters of Greece: an overview", in Baba, Alper; Bundschuh, Jochen, Geothermal Systems and Energy Resources: Turkey and Greece, Sustainable Energy Developments, CRC Press, p. 25, ISBN 1138001090, retrieved 2015-12-21
- Pausanias, Description of Greece v. 5. § 6
- Strabo, viii. p. 346
- Eustathius of Thessalonica, On Homer p. 880.
- Larson, Jennifer Lynn (2001). Greek Nymphs: Myth, Cult, Lore. Oxford University Press. p. 159. ISBN 0195122941.
- "Samicum". A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. 2. John Murray. 1873. p. 889. Retrieved 2015-12-21.
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Leonhard Schmitz, Leonhard (1870). "Anigrides". In Smith, William. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 1. p. 178.
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