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

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(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 …

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Marek, Heidi, “Narcissus”, 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 07 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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