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Hyrmine (Ancient Greek: Ὑρμίνη)[1] or Hyrmina (Ὕρμινα) or Hormina (Ὅρμινα) was a town of ancient Elis upon the coast. It is mentioned by Homer in the Catalogue of Ships of the Iliad as one of the towns of the Epeii.[2] It appears to have been regarded as one of the most ancient of the Epeian towns, since Pausanias repeats the legend that it had been founded by Actor, the son of Hyrmine, who was a daughter of Epeius, and describes the town as between the cape of Cyllene near Araxus, near the frontier with Achaea.[3] In the time of Strabo the town had disappeared, but its site was marked by a rocky promontory near Cyllene, called Hormina or Hyrmina.[4][5]

Hyrmine is located near the castle of Chlemoutsi.[6][7]

Hyrmina a town in Peloponnesus, Greece


Epeius married Anaxiroe, the daughter of Coronus, and begat a daughter Hyrmina, but no male issue. In the reign of Epeius the following events also occurred. Oenomaus was the son of Alxion (though poets proclaimed his father to be Ares, and the common report agrees with them), but while lord of the land of Pisa he was put down by Pelops the Lydian, who crossed over from Asia.


Actor and his sons had a share in the kingdom and were natives of the country. For the father of Actor was Phorbas, son of Lapithus, and his mother was Hyrmina, daughter of Epeius. Actor named after her the city of Hyrmina, which he founded in Elis.


Stephanus of Byzantium. Ethnica. s.v.
Homer. Iliad. 2.616.
Pausanias. Description of Greece. 5.1.6. , 11
Strabo. Geographica. viii, p. 341. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.
Pliny. Naturalis Historia. 4.5.6.
Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 58, and directory notes accompanying.

Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.

This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Smith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Hyrmine". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.

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