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The myth of Narcissus
Also available in: Dutch English German. Narcissuses are popular. Almost every garden and park is full of them. In February and March we often buy a lot of narcisses in our longing for the spring. Have you ever taken a close look at a narcissus and realized how beautifully it glows in the the spirng sunshine? The narcissus is named after a vain reclusive Greek prince. This well-known Greek myth has been told now for more than 2, years:.
Narcissus , in Greek mythology , the son of the river god Cephissus and the nymph Liriope. He was distinguished for his beauty. However, his rejection of the love of the nymph Echo or in an earlier version of the young man Ameinias drew upon him the vengeance of the gods. He fell in love with his own reflection in the waters of a spring and pined away or killed himself ; the flower that bears his name sprang up where he died. The Greek traveler and geographer Pausanias , in Description of Greece , Book IX, said it was more likely that Narcissus, to console himself for the death of his beloved twin sister, his exact counterpart, sat gazing into the spring to recall her features. Narcissus was a very popular subject in Roman art. In Freudian psychiatry and psychoanalysis , the term narcissism denotes an excessive degree of self-esteem or self-involvement, a condition that is usually a form of emotional immaturity.
According to Tzetzes , he was a Laconian hunter who loved everything beautiful. Narcissus is the origin of the term narcissism , a fixation with oneself and one's physical appearance or public perception. The name is of uncertain etymology. According to R. Narcissus was the son of the river god Cephissus and nymph Liriope. Several versions of the myth have survived from ancient sources. The classic version is by Ovid , found in book 3 of his Metamorphoses completed 8 AD ; this is the story of Echo and Narcissus.
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Narcissus is a figure from Greek mythology who was so impossibly handsome that he fall in love with his own image reflected in a pool of water. Even the lovely nymph Echo could not manage to tempt him from his self-absorption. Narcissus' name lives on as the flower into which he was transformed and as a synonym for those obsessed with their own appearance. Narcissus was born in Thespiae in Boeotia, the son of Cephissus the personification of the Boeotian river of the same name and the nymph Liriope. His mother was warned one day by the seer Teiresias that her son would live a long life as long as 'he never knows himself. Then, one day, he chanced to see his own reflection in a pool of water and, thus, discovered the ultimate in unrequited love and fell in love with himself. Naturally, this one-way relationship went nowhere, and Narcissus, unable to draw himself away from the pool, pined away in despair until he finally died of thirst and starvation.