Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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Subject: Classical Studies

Edited by: Maria Moog-Grünewald
The Reception of Myth and Mythology highlights the routes and works through which the myths of Greece and Rome have passed into the cultural memory of Europe over the centuries, into its literature, music and art and its reflections on aesthetics and philosophy.

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Narcissus

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Author(s): Marek, Heidi
(Νάρκισσος [ Nárkissos]; Latin Narcissus) A. Myth The myth of N. originated in the Greek territory of Boeotia. N. is the son of the river-god Cephoissus and the nymph Liriope. The most influential version is from Ovid’s Metamorphoses (Ov. Met. 3,339–510): like the life of Orpheus, that of N. is fatefully overshadowed by a prophecy of Tiresias. Asked by the boy’s mother whether her newborn son will be granted a long life, the seer replies “if he does not come to know himself” (“ si se non noverit”, Ov. Met. 3,348). N. grows into a beautiful youth, and many men and women fall in lov…