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In Greek mythology, Dynamene (/dɪˈnæmɪn, d-/; Ancient Greek: Δυναμένη "the bringer"[1]) was a Nereid or sea-nymph, one of the 50 daughters of the "Old Man of the Sea" Nereus and the Oceanid Doris.[2][3] Her name, a participle, means "she who can, the capable one."[4] She, along with her sister Pherusa, was associated with the might and power of great ocean swells. Dynamene had the ability to appear and disappear rapidly.[1] Some variations of her name were Dyomene[5] and Dinamene[6]


In Homer's Iliad, Dynamene and her other sisters appear to Thetis when she cries out in sympathy for the grief of Achilles at the slaying of his friend Patroclus.[7][8]

Popular culture[edit]

Dynamene is also the name of the beautiful widow in Christopher Fry's 1946 comedy A Phoenix Too Frequent, a character and plot derived from Petronius. After the premature death of her husband Virilius, Dynamene along with her maid Doto proposes to starve herself to death and follow him to Hades. They are rudely interrupted from their purpose by the handsome soldier Tegeus who is meant to be guarding six dead bodies outside. With Tegeus's charm and adoration Dynamene is able to save herself from an untimely fate.[9][relevant?]


  1. ^ a b Bane, p. 117
  2. ^ Kerényi, Carl (1951). The Gods of the Greeks. London: Thames and Hudson. p. 64.
  3. ^ Homer, Iliad 18.43; Hesiod, Theogony 248; Apollodorus, 1.2.7
  4. ^ Hesiod. Theogony ll. 240-264. Retrieved 4 October 2020
  5. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae Preface (Latin ed. Micyllus)
  6. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae Preface (Latin ed. Scheffero)
  7. ^ Homer, Iliad 18.39-51
  8. ^ Lempriere, John. Bibliotheca classica; or, A classical dictionary, p. 257
  9. ^ "Mercury Theatre: Two Plays by Poets", The Times, 26 April 1946, p. 6; and "The Mercury: Plays by Poets", The Stage, 2 May 1946, p. 7