Nymphs of Inachus
 INAKHOS (Plato Republic 381d, Ovid Metamorphoses 1.639)
CLASSICAL LITERATURE QUOTES
Plato, Republic 381d (trans. Shorey) (Greek philosopher C4th B.C.) :
"[From Plato's critique of the portrayal of the gods by the poets :] No poet then my good friend, must be allowed . . . in any tragedy or in other poems bring in Hera disguised as a priestess collecting alms ‘for the life-giving children of Inakhos (Inachus), the Argive stream.’ [Quoting the lost Xantriae of Aeschylus.]" [N.B. The children of Inakhos are the Naiad-nymphs.]
Ovid, Metamorphoses 1. 639 ff (trans. Melville) (Roman epic C1st B.C. to C1st A.D.) :
"[The Naiad-nymph Io is transformed by Zeus into a cow to hide her from the jealous goddess Hera :] She [Io] reached her father's [Inachus'] river and the banks where often she had played and, in the water, mirrored she saw her muzzle and her horns, and fled in terror from the self she saw. The Naides (Naiads) did not know--not even her father [Inachus] knew who she was, but she, disconsolate, followed her sisters, followed her father, let them stroke her, offered herself to be admired."
- Plato, Republic - Greek Philosophy C4th B.C.
- Ovid, Metamorphoses - Latin Epic C1st B.C. - C1st A.D.