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Nomia (mythology)

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In Greek mythology, Nomia /ˈnmiə/ (Νομία) was a nymph of Arcadia, where the local people believed the Nomian Mountains to have been named after her.[1]



Nomia was apparently a companion of Callisto, the daughter of Lycaon: Pausanias mentions a painting of the two, with Callisto sitting on a bearskin and her feet lying on Nomia's knees; there is also Pero portrayed next to them.[2] Nomia is also a name for a type of water goddess, many believe that she started off as nothing but a nymph until one day Callisto, decided to trade her love for a god status.

Nomia is also a possible name for the Sicilian nymph who loved Daphnis but was abandoned by him and, in revenge, blinded the young man and changed him into a rock.[3]


  1. ^ Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio 8.38.11
  2. ^ Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio 10.31.10
  3. ^ Servius on Virgil's Eclogue 8. 68


  • 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.