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The Nymph Adrastea, Jacob Jordaens

In Greek mythology, Adrasteia (inescapable; also spelled Adrastia, Adrastea, Adrestea, Adastreia, Αδράστεια) was a nymph who was charged by Rhea to raise Zeus in secret to protect him from his father Cronus (Krónos). Adrasteia and her sister Ida, who also cared for the infant Zeus, were the daughters of Melisseus. The sisters fed the infant milk from the goat Amaltheia. The Korybantes, also known as the Curetes, who also watched over the child, kept Cronus from hearing him crying by beating their swords on their shields, drowning out the sound of the cries.

"Adrasteia" is also an epithet applied to Rhea, Cybele, Nemesis and Ananke. As Adrasteia, these four were especially associated with the dispensation of rewards and punishments.

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