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Short description: Several individuals in Greek and Roman mythology

Acraea (Ancient Greek: Ἀκραία means 'of the heights' from akraios) was a name that had several uses in Greek and Roman mythology.[1][2]

  • Acraea, the naiad daughter of the river-god Asterion near Mycenae, who together with her sisters Euboea and Prosymna acted as nurses to Hera.[3] A hill Acraea opposite the temple of Hera near Mycenae derived its name from her.[4]
  • Acraea and Acraeus are also epithets given to various goddesses and gods whose temples were situated upon hills, such as Zeus, Hera,[5] Aphrodite,[6] Pallas, Artemis, and others.[7][8]


  1. Schmitz, Leonhard (1867), "Acraea", in Smith, William, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, 1, Boston, MA, pp. 14, http://www.ancientlibrary.com/smith-bio/0023.html 
  2. Bell, Robert E. (1991). Women of Classical Mythology: A Biographical Dictionary. ABC-CLIO. pp. 3. ISBN 9780874365818. 
  3. Pausanias, 2.17.1
  4. Pausanias, 2.17.2
  5. Apollodorus, 1.9.28; Pausanias, 2.24.1
  6. Pausanias, 1.1.3
  7. Vitruvius, 1. 7
  8. Ezechiel Spanheim, In Callimachi hymnos observationes, in Jov. 82.


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed (1870). "Acraea". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 

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