THE NAIADES KARIAI were the Naiad Nymphs of the springs and rivers of Karia (Caria) (a region of Anatolia), and sisters of the Nymph Salmakis.
|Presumably daughters of the River MAIANDROS
Ovid, Metamorphoses 4. 302 ff (trans. Melville) (Roman epic C1st B.C. to C1st A.D.) :
"[Near] the towns of Lycia . . . and Carae . . . there is a pool, a limpid shining pool, clear to its very bottom . . . A Nympha [Salmakis] dwelt there, not one to bend the bow or join the hunt or run to win the race; she was the only of the Naides unknown to swift Diana [Artemis]. Many a time her sisters [the Naides Kariai] chide her: ‘Come, Salmacis, get out your spear or painted quiver; vary your hours of ease with hardships of the chase.’ Yet never spear she took nor painted quiver, nor would vary her hours of ease with hardships of the chase."
- Ovid, Metamorphoses - Latin Epic C1st BC - C1st AD