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Akis (Acis) was a river-god of eastern Sikelia. He was originally a Sikelian young man who was loved by the Nereid Galateia whose rival Polyphemos, killed him by throwing a boulder at him. The gods pitied him and transformed the dying youth into a river and made him the god of it.

Parents

Pan & Symaithis

Location

The Akis stream flowed down into the Mediterranean from the slopes of Mount Aitna near the town of Akion.

Trivia

  • Akis is one of the few river gods not born to Okeanos and Tethys
  • Other Sikelian river gods included Symaithos, Anapos and Krimisos.
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