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Origin of the name RHODOPIS.
Etymology of the name RHODOPIS.
Meaning of the baby name RHODOPIS.

  

RHODOPIS (Ῥοδωπις).  Greek translation of Egyptian Nitocris (q.v.), meaning "rose-faced."

    The stories told about Rhodope or Rhodopis, "rose-faced," as she is usually called by ancient authors, are confusing.  Herodotus, ii. 134, tells us that she was a slave in the house of Jadmon the master of Æsop, but that Xantheus the Samian brought her to Egypt.  When Landor wrote these conversations he clearly had this passage in his mind.  In the second of the two conversations there is an allusion to her journey to Egypt.  Strabo, xviii., i. 33, speaking of her by a third name, Doricha, by which she was sometimes known, says: "Some call her Rhodopis; and they tell that one day, while she was bathing, an eagle snatched one of her shoes from the hand of her maid, and bore it away to Memphis in Egypt; and flying over the head of the king, as he sat giving judgment in the open air, the bird let the shoe fall on his lap, and the king's heart was stirred by the strangeness of the matter, and the slender beauty of the shoe; and he sent forth messengers to discover whose it might be.  They finding Rhodopis at Naucratis, brought her to Egypt, where the king wedded her; and after her death she was buried under the pyramid that goes by her name." (Imaginary Conversations, Landor, v.1, 1891).

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