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The Auloniads (/əˈlniæd/; Αὐλωνιάς from the classical Greek αὐλών "valley, ravine") were nymphs who were found in mountain pastures and vales, often in the company of Pan, the god of nature.[1][2]

Eurydice, for whom Orpheus traveled into dark Hades, was an Auloniad, and it was in the valley of the Thessalian river Pineios where she met her death, indirectly, at the hands of Aristaeus, son of the god Apollo and the nymph Cyrene. It was Aristaeus's wish to ravish Eurydice and either disgust or fear compelled her to run away from him without looking where she was going. Eurydice trod on a venomous serpent and died.[3][1][2][4]


  1. ^ a b Bane, Theresa (2013). Encyclopedia of fairies in world folklore and mythology. Jefferson, North Carolina. p. 39. ISBN 978-0-7864-7111-9. OCLC 844308768.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  2. ^ a b Papachristos, Maria (2019). "Anloniad". Muses - Nymphs - Other Gods. Edizioni R.E.I. France. ISBN 9782372973663. They are the particular type of nymphs, subgenus of Dryads and very similar to the Alseidae, which can be found in river valleys and mountain pastures, often in the company of the god Pan, the Lord of Nature. [...] Eurydice [...] is often indicated to be one of them.
  3. ^ Virgil, Georgica, 4.453ff
  4. ^ Impelluso, Lucia (2002). Gods and heroes in art. Stefano Zuffi, Thomas Michael Hartmann. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum. pp. 91–92. ISBN 0-89236-702-4. OCLC 50447697.