Melantho

Melantho is a Greek feminine name meaning “black flower” from Greek elements melos (black, dark) and anthos (flower).

In Homer’s Odyssey, Melantho is one of the maids of Penelope, wife of Odysseus, who treats her like a daughter, though Melantho is ungrateful to her generosity by sleeping with the suitors of Penelope and who is rude to Odysseus when he returned to Ithaca disguised as a begger. She, along with the other unfaithful maids as well her her brother Melanthios, were all killed when Odysseus revealed himself.

Origin: Greek

Variants:

  • Melantha

 

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