Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Νυμφαι Πιεριαι
Ναιαδες Πιεριαι
Nymphai Pieriai
Naiades Pieriai
Nymphae Pieriae
Naïdes Periae
Nymphs of the
Land of Pierus
THE NAIADES PIERIAI were Naiad Nymphs of the springs and streams of Mount Pieros in Pieria (the coastal region north of Mount Olympos).

They were companions of Eurydike, the wife of Orpheus, who herself may have been one of their number. They were related to the Leibrethrides, nymphs of the sacred Pierian fountain of the Mousai.

Presumably daughters of the local River BAPHYRAS

Ovid, Metamorphoses 10. 8 ff (trans. Melville) (Roman epic C1st B.C. to C1st A.D.) :
"The new-wed bride [Eurydike, wife of Orpheus], roaming with her gay [Thrakian] Naides through the grass, fell dying when a serpent struck her heel."

Ovid, Metamorphoses 11. 47 ff :
"All wept and mourned for [the dead bard] Orpheus; forest trees cast down their leaves, tonsured in grief, and Flumina (Rivers) too, men say, were swollen with their tears, and Naides wore, and Dryades too, their mourning robes of black and hair dishevelled."
[N.B. Ovid here describes his death near the River Hebros in central Thrake rather than the usual Pieria.]


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