Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Ναιαδες Κυπριαι Naiades Kypriai Naiades Cypriae 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