||Naiads of the
Island of Cyprus
THE NAIADES KYPRIAI were Naiad Nymphs of the island of Kypros (Cyprus). They were entrusted by Aphrodite with the nursing of the boy Adonis.
|Presumably daughters of a local RIVER-GOD
Ovid, Metamorphoses 10. 513 ff (trans. Melville) (Roman epic C1st B.C. to C1st A.D.) :
"The tree [of Myrrha who had been transformed into a myrrh-tree] split open and the sundered bark yielded its living load; a baby boy [Adonis] squalled, and the Naides laid him on soft grass and bathed him in his mother’s flowing tears [myrrh]."
- Ovid, Metamorphoses - Latin Epic C1st BC - C1st AD