THE NAIADES HESPERIAI were nymphs of the river Eridanos in the mythical northern land of Hyperborea.
Perhaps daughters of the River ERIDANOS
CLASSICAL LITERATURE QUOTES
Ovid, Metamorphoses 2. 319 ff (trans. Melville) (Roman epic C1st B.C. to C1st A.D.) :
"[Phaethon was struck from the chariot of the sun by Zeus :] Phaethon, flames ravaging his auburn hair, falls headlong down, a streaming trail of light, as sometimes through the cloudless vault of night a star, though never falling, seems to fall. Eridanus receives him, far from home, in his wide waters half a world away. And bathes his burning face. The Naides Hesperiae (Hesperian Naiads) bury his smouldering body in a tomb and on a stone engrave his epitaph : ‘Here Phaethon lies, his father's charioteer; great was his fall, yet did he greatly dare.’"
- Ovid, Metamorphoses - Latin Epic C1st B.C. - C1st A.D.