AURA

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1. A daughter of Lelas and Periboea, was one of the swift-footed companions of Artemis. She was beloved by Dionysus, but fled from him, until Aphrodite, at the request of Dionysus, inspired her with love for the god. She accordingly became by him the mother of twins, but at the moment of their birth she was seized with madness, tore one of her children to pieces, and then threw herself into the sea. (Nonnus, Dionys. 260.)

2. Aura also occurs as the name of a race-horse and of one of Actaeon's dogs. (Paus. vi. 13. § 5; Hygin. Fab. 181.)