THE NYMPHAIIDES were Naiad Nymphs of the river Nymphaios in Paphlagonia (a region of the Black Sea coast of Anatolia).
|Presumbaly daughters of the River NYMPHAIOS
Quintus Smyrnaeus, Fall of Troy 6. 470 ff (trans. Way) (Greek epic C4th A.D.) :
"Nymphaios' (Nymphaeus') stream, hard by a cave, a wide and wondrous cave: sacred it is men say, unto the Nymphai, even all that haunt the long-ridged Paphlagonian hills, and all that by full-clustered Herakleia dwell. That cave is like the work of gods, of stone in manner marvellous moulded: through it flows cold water crystal-clear: in niches round stand bowls of stone upon the rugged rock, seeming as they were wrought by carvers' hands. Statues of Wood-gods stand around, fair Nymphai, looms, distaffs, all such things as mortal craft fashioneth. Wondrous seem they unto men which pass into that hallowed cave. It hath, up-leading and down-leading, doorways twain, facing, the one, the wild North's shrilling blasts, and one the dank rain-burdened South. By this do mortals pass beneath the Nymphai's wide cave; but that is the Immortals' path: no man may tread it, for a chasm deep and wide down-reaching unto Haides, yawns between. This track the Blest Gods may alone behold."
- Quintus Smyrnaeus, Fall of Troy - Greek Epic C4th AD