Napaeae

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In Greek mythology, the Napaeae (/nəˈpi/; Ancient Greek: ναπαῖαι, from νάπη, "a wooded dell") were a type of nymph that lived in wooded valleys, glens or grottoes.[1] Statius invoked them in his Thebaid, when the naiad Ismenis addresses her mortal son Krenaios:

I was held a greater goddess and the queen of Nymphae. Where alas! is that late crowd of courtiers round thy mother's halls, where are the Napaeae that prayed to serve thee? [2]

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  1. ^ Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities 1898, s.v. "Napaeae".
  2. ^ Statius, Thebaid 9.385; see also Thebaid 4.259.