- The Odyssey by Homer 801BC - 601BC
Odysseus gets frisky with Calypso, the sexy nymph of the sea, in this most epic of epic poems.
- The Bacchae 406BC
Dionysus gets crazy with his pet nymphs, the Maenads, in this gruesome Greek tragedy.
- The Argonautica by Apollonius Rhodius 300BC - 200BC
Heracles is mega-mad when he loses his boy-lover Hylas to a school of seductive of water nymphs while on Jason's Quest for the Golden Fleece.
- Metamorphoses by Ovid 2
This mega-influential collection of myth-y poems includes stories about all kinds of famous nymphs—Eurydice, Io, Daphne, and friends.
- A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare 1595
The magical and mischievous fairies in this play sure remind us a whole lot of the nymphs of Greek mythology.
- "Slow, Slow Fresh Fount" by Ben Jonson 1600
In this excerpt from the play Cynthia's Revels, a nymph named Echo mourns the death of Narcissus, her self-obsessed object of obsession.
- "Lycidas" by John Milton 1637
In response to the death of a friend who drowned, Milton wrote a poem where cold-hearted water nymphs drag a man to his death under the waves.
- The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan 2005
This whole series for young adults is chock full of nymphs of every kind—nereids, dryads, you name it.