Himalia (mythology)

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In Greek mythology Himalia is a nymph of the eastern end of the island of Rhodes. According to Diodorus Siculus[1] Zeus was enamoured with her and she produced three sons with him, Spartaios, Kronios, and Kytos: of them nothing further survives in writing. Jennifer Larson observes that the dictionary compiler Hesychius of Alexandria gives ίμαλιά. denoting an abundance of wheat meal, and notes the agricultural connotations of the sons' names: ""Spartaios recalls sowing, and Kytos means a basket or jar. Kronios denotes a descendent of Kronos, the god of the Golden Age",[2] a mythic time of ease and abundance.


  1. ^ Diodorus, Library of History 5. 55. 4, excerpted online in Theoi Project.
  2. ^ Jennifer Lynn Larson, 2001. Greek Nymphs: Myth, Cult, Lore p. 322 note 397.