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(Δάφνη/Dáphnē; Latin Daphne)

A. Myth

The myth of D. was widespread in Greece and Syria from the 3rd cent. BC. Four variants are known, in all of which D. appears in association with Apollo and as a personification of the laurel-tree (Greek daphne, Latin laurus):

The ‘Arcadian’ version is mentioned by Pausanias (Paus. 10,7,8) and Nonnus (Nonnus, Dion. 42,387). D. is the daughter of the river-god Ladon and the Earth (Gaia). As Apollo pursues the fleeing D., she calls to her mother for pr…

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Münchberg, Katharina, “Daphne”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps4_e310840>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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