Dact Li Idaei

Dact li Idaei in Greek mythology, were daemons, to whom was accredited, in Asia Minor, especially near the Trojan mountain Ida, the first discovery of metallurgy, and who received divine worship. Their origin and real signification were not known even in the most flourishing period of Grecian and Roman art. It is only surmised that they received their name from their dexterity of finger (δάκτυλος), and from the mountain Ida. Their number is variously reckoned at from ten to one hundred.

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