Ortygia

Ortygia (Ὀρτυγία). (1) The ancient name of Delos. Since Artemis and Apollo were born at Delos, the poets sometimes call the goddess Ortygia, and give the name of Ortygiae boves to the oxen of Apollo. The ancients connected the name with ὄρτυξ, a quail.

(2) An island near Syracuse.

(3) A grove near Ephesus, in which the Ephesians pretended that Apollo and Artemis were born. Hence the Caÿster, which flowed near Ephesus, is called Ortygius Caÿster.



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