Nymph

Depicting Dionysos in the cave of the Nymphs. Plastic vase from the Athenian Agora c. 300-275 BC. Athens, Agora MuseumNaked nymph seated on rock. Detail from Athenian red-figure clay vase, c. 475-425. Brussels. Musées Royaux R258An immortal woman who personifies a place (spring, river, fountain) or other natural features (trees, the waves) and is worshipped under the name of the locality (e.g., Nemea) or the genus (Dryads for trees, Daphne, Syrinx). The term in Greek is rather vague and also means wife.

Above left: Depicting Dionysos in the cave of the Nymphs. Plastic vase from the Athenian Agora c. 300-275 BC. Athens, Agora Museum © Agora Museum

Above right: Naked nymph seated on rock. Detail from Athenian red-figure clay vase, c. 475-425. Brussels. Musées Royaux R258 © Musées Royaux, Brussels.