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Νηρηΐς), daughter of Pyrrhus I., king of Epeirus. was married, apparently long after her father's death, to Gelon, the son of Hieron, king of Syracuse, by whom she became the mother of Hieronymus. It appears that she outlived her niece Deidameia, and was thus the last surviving descendant of the royal house of the Aeacidae. (Paus. 6.12.3; Plb. 7.4.5; Just. 28.3.4; Vales. ad Diod. Exc. p. 568,) Her name is found in an inscription on the theatre of Syracuse, from which it appears that she bore the title of queen. (Raoul-Rochette, Mémoires de Numismatique et d'Antiquité, p. 73, 4to. Paris, 1840.) Justin erroneously supposes her to be a sister of the Deidameia (or Laodameia, as he calls her) who was assassinated by Milon. That she was a daughter of the elder Pyrrhus, see Droysen, vol. ii. p. 275, note.


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