The city of Livadia and its myth


The ancient Greeks told stories about their gods, myths. Stories of Greek mythology are still told today and take place in various regions in Greece.

Sophia (a former teacher at Omilo) is now living in Livadia, a town close to Arachova and Delphi, at two hours driving from Athens. Livadia also has a myth, “Erkyna”, the nymph of a spring in Livadia.
 Today, Erkyna is the name of the river that passes through Livadia. For many years, the river provides the energy that is needed for the development of industry, handicrafts and processing agricultural products.

Listening exercise

Here below Sophia tells you the myth in her own words. 
Under the video you can read the translation in English

The myth of Erkyna (translation of Sophia’s words)

Many years ago in ancient times, a girl who was called Erkyna came to play in this area. She was the daughter of an architect who also was the founder of the Trofanios Oracle*. So she came to play with her friend Persephone. Persephone was the daughter of the goddess Demeter. One day they had brought a goose with them and as they played, they saw the goose running away and suddenly the goose fell into a hole. Erkyna ran after her to catch her. As she couldn’t reach the goose, she lifted a large stone.
The moment she lifted the stone, water started running from under it. This water became more and more until it became a whole river. Unfortunately, the river swallowed both the goose and the little girl, Erkyna.

* Trofonios Oracle (called this way by the locals)