GERANA

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A Pygmean woman, and wife of their king, Nicodamas, by whom she became the mother of Mopsus (according to Boeus, ap. Athen. ix. p. 393, of a tortoise). Being highly esteemed and praised for her beauty among the Pygmies, she despised the gods, especially Artemis and Hera, who in revenge metamorphosed her into a crane. In this state she always fluttered about the place in which her son Mopsus dwelt, until she was killed by the Pygmies. This is said to have been the origin of the war between the Cranes and the Pygmies. (Anton. Lib. 16, who calls her Oenoë; Eustath. ad Hom. p. 1322; Ov. Met. vi. 90.)