Erato (dryad)

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In Greek mythology, Erato (/ˈɛrət/; Ancient Greek: Ἐρατώ "desired" or "lovely") was a dryad. She was the priestess and prophetess of the god Pan, verses were attributed to her at an ancient oracle of the god, located at Megalopolis near Acacesium.[1] Erato was married to Arcas, the son of Zeus and Callisto, and bore him three sons, Azan, Apheidas, and Elatus.[2][3]


  1. ^ Smith, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology Archived November 30, 2005, at the Wayback Machine, p. 107.
  2. ^ Pausanias. Description of Greece, 8.4.2.
  3. ^ Pausanias. Description of Greece, 8.37.11; 8.37.12.


  • Pausanias, Description of Greece with an English Translation by W.H.S. Jones, Litt.D., and H.A. Ormerod, M.A., in 4 Volumes. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1918. ISBN 0-674-99328-4. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library
  • Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio. 3 vols. Leipzig, Teubner. 1903. Greek text available at the Perseus Digital Library.