ENDYMION , inGreek
See also:mythology, son of Aethlius and
See also:king of Elis . He was loved by Selene, goddess of the
See also:moon, by whom he had fifty daughters, supposed to represent the fifty moons of the Olympian festal cycle . In other versions, Endymion was a beautiful youth, a shepherd or
See also:hunter whom Selene visited every
See also:night while he
See also:lay asleep in a cave on
See also:Mount Latmus in
See also:Caria (
See also:Pausanias v . 1; Ovid, Ars am. iii . 83) .
See also:left him
See also:free to choose anything he might
See also:desire, and he
See also:chose an
See also:everlasting sleep, in which he might remain youthful for ever (
See also:Apollodorus i. q) . According to others, Endymion's eternal sleep was a punishment inflicted by Zeus upon him because he ventured to fall in love with
See also:Hera, when he was admitted to the society of the Olympian gods (Schol .
See also:Theocritus iii: 49) . The usual
See also:form of the
See also:legend, however, represents Endymion as having been put to sleep by Selene herself in
See also:order that she might enjoy his society undisturbed (
See also:Cicero, Tusc. disp. i . 38) . Some see in Endymion the
See also:sun, setting opposite to the rising moon, the Latmian cave being the cave of forgetfulness, into which the sun plunges beneath the
See also:sea; others regard him as the personification of sleep or
See also:death (see Mayor on Juvenal x . 318) .
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