Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Νυμφαι Πακτωλιδες Nymphai Paktôlides Nymphae Pactolides Nymphs of the
River Pactolus

THE PAKTOLIDES (or Pactolides) were Naiad Nymphs of the River Paktolos in Lydia (Anatolia).

Presumably daughters of the River PAKTOLOS

Ovid, Metamorphoses 6. 15 ff (trans. Melville) (Roman epic C1st B.C. to C1st A.D.) :
"In all the towns of Lydia Arachne's work had won a memorable name, although her home was humble and Hypaepae where she lived was humble too. To watch her wondrous work the Nymphae would often leave their vine-clad slopes of [Mount] Tmolus [Oreades], often leave Pactolus' stream [Naiades], delighted both to see the cloth she wove and watch her working too; such grace she had."

Ovid, Metamorphoses 6. 44 ff :
"Pallas [Athena] [came to challenge Arakhne] and threw aside the old crone's guise and stood revealed. The Nymphae and Lydian women knelt in reverence."


  • Ovid, Metamorphoses - Latin Epic C1st BC - C1st AD