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