In Greek mythology, the ourea (Greek: Oὔρεα "mountains," plural of Oὔρος) were progeny of Gaia, members of the Protogenoi, who were the first-born elemental gods and goddesses, children of Gaia:

And she brought forth long hills, graceful haunts
of the goddess Nymphs who dwell amongst the glens of the hills.[1]

The ourea, like Uranus, and Pontus, were parthenogetic offspring of Gaia alone. The Greeks rarely personified an individual mountain; an exception might be Tmolus, both a king and a mountain in Lydia. Each mountain was said to have its own local nymph, an oread.

Peak sanctuaries, a feature of Minoan civilization on Crete, are also identified in some archaic sites in mainland Greece.[2] They are not thought to be dedicated to the mountain itself.


  1. Hesiod, Theogony, 129–131; Argonautica, 1.498.
  2. Walter Burkert, Greek Religion, 1985:26-28.


  • Littleton, Scott and the Marshall Cavendish Corporation Gods, Goddesses, and Mythology, Volume 1. Marshall Cavendish, 2005. ISBN 9780761475590. pp. 1020, 1134
  • Fitz Simon, James A., Vincent Alphonso Fitz Simon, The Gods of Old: and The Story That They Tell, T. Fisher Unwin, 1899. p. 27
  • Hard, Robin, Herbert Jennings Rose, The Routledge Handbook of Greek Mythology: Based on H.J. Rose's "Handbook of Greek mythology", Routledge, 2004. ISBN 9780415186360. p. 24
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