Korkyra (mythology)

In Greek mythology, Corcyra /kɔːrˈsaɪərə/ or Korkyra /kɔːrˈkaɪərə/ (Ancient Greece: Κόρκυρα) was the daughter of the Asopos river and the nymph Metope.


According to myth, Poseidon fell in love with the beautiful nymph Korkyra, kidnapped her and brought her to a hitherto unnamed island and offered her name to the place: Korkyra or the now-modern Kerkyra (known in English as Corfu, a name that is unrelated by origin). Together they had a child Phaiax after whom the inhabitants of the island, Phaiakes, were named; their name was later transliterated in Latinate orthography to Phaeacians.[1][2]