2. From the nymphs the name Melissae was transferred to priestesses in general, but more especially to those of Demeter (Schol. (ad Pind. l.c.;
Callim. Hymn. in Apoll.
110; Hesych. s. v. Μελισσαι
), Persephone (Schol. (ad Theocrit.
15.94), and to the priestess of the Delphian Apollo. (Pind. P. 4.106
; Schol. ad Eurip. Hippol.
According to the scholiasts of Pindar and Euripides, priestesses received the name Melissae from the purity of the bee. Comp. a story about the origin of bees in Serv. ad Aen. 1.434