The name of our Company, Oceanis Filyra, derives from the ancient Greek myth of Nymph Philyra and Titan Kronos.
In the ancient Greek mythology, Philyra was one of the Oceanid Nymphs, mostly known as Oceanis Philyra. She was the goddess of recuperation, fragrance and aromas, as well as of writing and beauty. The father of Oceanids was Titan Oceanus and their mother was Titanid Tethys. Hesiod, in Theogony, says that all together, the Oceanids were three thousands and they had three thousands brothers, the Potamoi (Rivers). Zeus delegated to them the duty of bringing up children and nurture the youth. Therefore, in Theogony (346-366), Hesiod presented them as the pre-eminent “Kourai and Kourotrophoi”. These joyous divine girls existed all over, in seas and lands.
Philyra charmed Cronus, who turned himself into a horse, in order to escape the attention of his legitimate wife, Rhea. According to the myth, Rhea caught Cronus in the act, courting with Philyra. For this reason, Philyra took refuge on Mount Pelion in Thessaly, where she gave birth to Centaur Chiron, her lovechild with Cronus. Chiron was half man and half horse. To alleviate the shame Philyra felt, Cronus turned her into the tree bearing her name (fylira /linden). Hence, there is no reference about Philyra giving birth to other child, after the birth of Chiron, except that she became educated by him.
The choice to name our Company Oceanis Filyra draws a direct inspiration from this ancient Greek myth and is symbolically associated with it. On a second, deeper level, the nature of our activities in the fields of Medical Tourism, Mental Wellness, Culture and Education creates a link to the knowledge taught to mortals by Philyra’s son, Centaur Chiron, Mythical Father of Medical Art.