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In Greek mythology, Spio (Ancient Greek: Σπειώ means 'the dweller in the caves'[1]) was one of the 50 Nereids, marine-nymph daughters of the 'Old Man of the Sea' Nereus and the Oceanid Doris.[2] Variations of her name were Speio[3] and Speo.[4]


Speio and her other sisters appear to Thetis when she cries out in sympathy for the grief of Achilles at the slaying of his friend Patroclus.[5]

In some accounts, Spio, together with her sisters Cymodoce, Nesaea and Thalia, was one of the nymphs in the train of Cyrene[6] Later on, these four together with their other sisters Thetis, Melite and Panopea, were able to help the hero Aeneas and his crew during a storm.[7]


  1. ^ Kerényi, Carl (1951). The Gods of the Greeks. London: Thames and Hudson. p. 64.
  2. ^ Apollodorus, 1.2.7; Hyginus, Fabulae Preface
  3. ^ Homer, Iliad 18.40
  4. ^ Hesiod, Theogony 245
  5. ^ Homer, Iliad 18.39-51
  6. ^ Virgil, Georgics 4.338 "But his mother heard the cry from her bower beneath the river’s depths. About her the Nymphs were spinning fleeces of Miletus, dyed with rich glassy hue – Drymo and Xantho, Ligea and Phyllodoce, their shining tresses floating over snowy necks; Nesaea and Spio, Thalia and Cymodoce [four Nereids];"
  7. ^ Virgil, Aeneid 5.826