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date: 30 November 2020

Narcissus [Gk Myth.] 

A Dictionary of Reference and Allusion

Andrew Delahunty,

Sheila Dignen

A youth of extraordinary beauty who cruelly spurned many admirers, including the nymph *Echo. On bending down to a pool one day to drink, he fell in love with his own reflection. There are various versions of the fate that subsequently befell Narcissus. According to one version, he fell into the pool as he tried to embrace his own reflection and drowned. Another version relates how, having tried to kiss and embrace his reflection and failed, Narcissus simply pined away and died. After his death, the gods turned his body into the white flower that bears his name.... ...

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