), the protectress of births, occurs both as a surname of Aphrodite (Aristoph. Cl. 52
, with the Schol.), and as a distinct divinity and a companion of Aphrodite. (Suidas.) (Genetyllis was also considered as a surname of Artemis, to whom women sacrificed dogs. (Hesych. s. v. Γενετυλίς
; Aristoph. Lys. 2
.) We also find the plural, Γενετυλλίδες
, or Γενναΐδες
, as a class of divinities presiding over generation and birth, and as companions of Aphrodite Colias. (Aristoph. Thes. 130
; Paus. 1.4
; Alciph. 3.2; comp. Bentley ad Hor. Carm. Saec.