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For the lake, see Lake Volvi. For the mantis genus, see Bolbe (genus).

In Greek mythology, Bolbe (/ˈbɒlb/; Greek: Βόλβη) was an extremely beautiful lake goddess or nymph who dwelled in a Macedonian lake of the same name (modern Lake Volvi). She was the daughter of Oceanus and Tethys.[1] Like other lake gods and goddesses, Bolbe's offspring were Limnades, nymphs who live in freshwater lakes. According to Athenaeus, Bolbe was the mother of Olynthus by Heracles.[2]


  1. ^ Theoi Project – Potamoi (Bolbe is included on the list of river gods)
  2. ^ Athenaeus, Banquet of the Learned, 8. 334e