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date: 03 October 2022



  • Robert Parker


Selene, Greek moon-goddess, was according to *Hesiod (Theog.371) daughter of the Titans (see titan) *Hyperion and Theia, sister of *Helios and *Eos; she later became Helios' daughter, in recognition apparently of the idea that the moon shines by borrowed light (see D. J. Mastronarde's note on Eur. Phoen.175; for other genealogies see RE, entry under ‘Selene’, 1137). Selene drives the moon chariot, drawn by a pair of horses or oxen, or she rides on a horse or mule or ox.In myth, she is best known for her love for *Endymion, which caused Zeus to cast him into an eternal sleep in a cave on M. Latmus (see heraclea(2)), where Selene visits him (first in Sappho fr. 199); similar stories attach to Eos, the Dawn. In another myth she was lured into the woods by amorous *Pan (Verg.


  • Greek Myth and Religion

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