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In Greek mythology, the Ourea (Ancient Greek: Οὔρεα, romanizedOúrea, lit.'mountains', plural of Οὖρος, or 'Oûros') were the parthenogenetic offspring of Gaia (Earth), produced alongside Uranus (Sky), and Pontus (Sea).[1]

According to Hesiod:

And [Gaia] brought forth long hills [Οὔρεα], graceful haunts
of the goddess Nymphs who dwell amongst the glens of the hills.[2]

Defined by Middle Liddell as from οὖρος "mountain, hill; mule; a guard."[3]


  1. ^ Hard, p. 24; Gantz, p. 10; Caldwell, p. 5, table 3, p. 6.
  2. ^ Hesiod, Theogony 129–131; cf. Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica 1.498.
  3. ^ Middle Liddell[1]


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