River of Thessaly, Penaeus (argyrodinis, vortex, according to Homer) took its present form, after removal of the once high-water lake in Thessaly, rift created by the valley of Tempe. According to mythology was the son of Ocean and Tithyos and father of the nymph Daphne, the priestess of Mother Earth. Daphne chased by Apollo, and when it arrived plead Mother Earth, which set it aside and instead left a laurel plant. The Peneus was also the father of the king of the Lapiths Ypsea. The river Peneus is the final recipient of nearly all streams crossing the Thessalian plain. It flows from the Pindus Mountains, at the height of Malakasio and crossing the Thessalian plain, flows into the Aegean Sea after a 258 km route.