(Λαφραί), a surname of Artemis or Diana among the Calydonians, from which the worship of the goddess was introduced at Naupactus and Patrae, in Achaia. At the latter place it was not established till the time of Augustus, but it became the occasion of a great annual festival (Pausanias, 4:31, § 6; 7:18, § 6, etc.; Schol. ad Eurip. Orest. 1087). The name Laphria was traced back to a hero, Laphrius, son of Castalius, who was said to have instituted her worship at Calydon. Laphria was also a surname of Athene or Minerva (Lycophron, 356). — Smith, Dict. of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, volume 2, s.v.

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