Greek mythology, according to the mythographer Apollodorus, the Oceanid nymph Melia was the mother of culture hero Phoroneus, and Aegialeus, by her brother Inachus, the river-god of Argos. According to the Latin mythographer  Hyginus however, Inachus fathered Phoroneus by an Oceanid nymph named Argia. According to Argive tradition, Phoroneus was the first man, or first inhabitant of Argos, who lived during the time of the  Great Flood, associated with Deucalion.
Melia was also said to have been the mother, by Inachus, of
Mycene, the wife of Arestor, and eponym of Mycenae. Melia was also perhaps considered to be the mother, by Inachus, of  Io, the ancestress, by  Zeus, of the Greek dynasties of Argos, Thebes, and Crete.
The consort of
Apollo, who was an important cult figure at Thebes, was also said to be a daughter of Oceanus named Melia.
^ Larson, p. 149; Hard,
p. 227; Gantz, p. 198; Tripp, s.v. Inachus, p. 318; Grimal, s.v. Inachus, p. 230; Apollodorus, 2.1.1. Compare with Ovid, Amores 3.6.25–26, which perhaps confuses or conflates this Melia with the Bithynian Melia, who was the mother of Amycus and Mygdon by Poseidon.
Hyginus, 143 (Smith and Trzaskoma, Fabulae p. 147).
^ Larson, p. 149; Hard,
p. 227; Gantz, p. 198.
^ Fowler, p. 236;
fr. 8* (West, Nostoi pp. 160, 161) = Scholiast on the Odyssey 2.120; compare with Pausanias, 2.16.4, which, citing the , says that Mycene was the daughter of Inachus and the wife of Arestor, without naming the mother. For other stories explaining the name of the city, see Fowler, p. 259. Megalai Ehoiai
^ Tripp, s.v. Inachus, p. 318; Grimal, s.v. Io, p. 232.
^ Tripp, s.v. Io, p. 319.
^ Grimal, s.v. Melia 2, p. 281.
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