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About Idaea Queen Nymph
Dates given are Before Christ (BC)
B: -1365 or -1500
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In Greek mythology, Idaea (Idaia) was a nymph, wife of Scamander and mother of King Teucer. It was also sometimes an epithet of Cybele, referring to Mt. Ida in Asia Minor, a center of her cult.
Cybele (Phrygian: Matar Kubileya/Kubeleya "Kubeleyan Mother", perhaps "Mountain Mother"; Greek: Κυβέλη Kybele, Κυβήβη Kybebe, Κύβελις Kybelis; pronounced /ˈsɪbəliː/), was the Phrygian deification of the Earth Mother. As with Greek Gaia (the "Earth"), or her Minoan equivalent Rhea, Cybele embodies the fertile Earth, a goddess of caverns and mountains, walls and fortresses, nature, wild animals (especially lions and bees). Phrygian Cybele is often identified with the Hittite-Hurrian goddess Hebat, though this latter deity might have been the origin of only Anatolian Kubaba. The Greeks frequently conflated the two names, the Anatolian "Kubaba" and the Phrygian "Kybele", to refer to the Phrygian deity.
The goddess was known among the Greeks as Μήτηρ (Mētēr "Mother") or Μήτηρ Ὀρεία ("Mountain-Mother"), or, with a particular Anatolian sacred mountain in mind, Idaea, inasmuch as she was supposed to have been born on Mount Ida in Anatolia, or equally Dindymene or Sipylene, with her sacred mountains Mount Dindymon (in Mysia and variously located) or Mount Sipylus in mind. In Roman mythology, her equivalent was Magna Mater or "Great Mother". In most mythology her story is Phrygian.
"Dardanos left Samothrake and came to the opposite mainland [the Troad]. That country was ruled by a king, Teukros, son of the river Skamandros and of a Nymphe Idaia, and the inhabitants of the country were called Teukrians after Teukros" - Apollodorus, The Library 3.139