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The Anigredes were naiad nymphs of springs which came from the river Anigros. These nymphs supposedly had healing powers specifically the ability to heal skin ailments. Though the precise names of the Anigredes are not stated, they are children of Anigros. Due to the fact that the water around Anigros is marshy, in addition to being Pegaiai (nymphs of springs) naiads and Potameides (nymphs of rivers and streams) naiads it is possible that they could be categorized as Eleionomai (nymphs of Marshes) naiads



Ancient Text

"At the base of these mountains, on the seaboard, are two caves. One is the cave of the nymphs called Anigriades; the other is the scene of the stories of the daughters of Atlas1 and of the birth of Dardanus. And here, too, are the sacred precincts called the Ionaeum and the Eurycydeium. Samicum is now only a fortress, though formerly there was also a city which was called Samus, perhaps because of its lofty situation; for they used to call lofty places "Samoi." And perhaps Samicum was the acropolis of Arene, which the poet mentions in the Catalogue: “"And those who dwelt in Pylus and lovely Arene." ”For while they cannot with certainty discover Arene anywhere, they prefer to conjecture that this is its site; and the neighboring River Anigrus, formerly called Minyeius, gives no slight indication of the truth of the conjecture, for the poet says: “"And there is a River Minyeius which falls into the sea near Arene."

”(Hom. Il. 11.722) For near the cave of the nymphs called Anigriades is a spring which makes the region that lies below it swampy and marshy. The greater part of the water is received by the Anigrus, a river so deep and so sluggish that it forms a marsh; and since the region is muddy, it emits an offensive odor for a distance of twenty stadia, and makes the fish unfit to eat. In the mythical accounts, however, this is attributed by some writers to the fact that certain of the Centaurs here washed off the poison they got from the Hydra, and by others to the fact that Melampus used these cleansing waters for the purification of the Proetides. The bathing-water from here cures leprosy, elephantiasis, and scabies. It is said, also, that the Alpheius was so named from its being a cure for leprosy."
- Strabo, Geography 8. 3. 19 Greek Geographer C1st B.C. to C1st A.D."

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