Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Νυμφαι Κεφισιδες
Ναιαδες Κεφισιδες
Nymphai Kephisides
Naiades Kephisides
Nymphae Cephisides
Naïdes Cephisides
Nymphs of the
River Cephisus

THE KEPHISIDES (or Cephisides) were the Naiad Nymphs of the River Kephisos (Cephisus) in Boiotia (central Greece).

KEPHISOS (Corinna Frag 655, Ovid Metamorphoses 3.350)
50x SONS (by Orion) (Corinna Frag 655)

Pindar, Pythian Ode 12 str 4 (trans. Conway) (Greek lyric C5th B.C.) :
"The Kharites's (Graces') city, home of lovely dances [Orkhomenos], where the Nymphe, daughter of Kephissos [the River Cephisus], has her precinct."

Corinna, Fragment 655 (trans. Campbell, Vol. Greek Lyric IV) (C5th B.C.) :
"Women of Tanagra . . . often I adorned [with songs] our ancestor Kephisos [the River Cephisus] with my words, often great Orion and the fifty sons of high strength whom he fathered by intercourse with the fair Nymphai [the Kephisides]."

Ovid, Metamorphoses 3. 505 ff (trans. Melville) (Roman epic C1st B.C. to C1st A.D.) :
"On the green grass he [Narkissos, Narcissus] drooped his weary head, and those bright eyes that loved their master's beauty closed in death . . . His sister Naides wailed and sheared their locks in mourning for their brother; the Dryades too wailed and sad Echo wailed in answering woe. And then the brandished torches, bier and pyre were ready--but no body anywhere; and in its stead they found a flower - behold, white petals clustered round a cup of gold!"


  • Pindar, Odes - Greek Lyric C5th BC
  • Greek Lyric IV Corinna, Fragments - Greek Lyric C5th BC
  • Ovid, Metamorphoses - Latin Epic C1st BC - C1st AD