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Endymion

[en-dim-ee-uh n] /ɛnˈdɪm i ən/
noun
1.
Classical Mythology. a young man kept forever youthful through eternal sleep and loved by Selene.
2.
(italics) a narrative poem (1818) by John Keats.
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Endymion

/ɛnˈdɪmɪən/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) a handsome youth who was visited every night by the moon goddess Selene, who loved him
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Word Origin and History for Endymion

beautiful youth loved by Moon-goddess Selene, from Greek, perhaps literally "diver, plunger," from endyein "to enter into, sink into, plunge, dive," which was used in reference to the sun or stars setting into the sea. On this theory, he originally was a solar deity, a personification of the setting sun.

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Encyclopedia Article for Endymion

in Greek mythology, a beautiful youth who spent much of his life in perpetual sleep. Endymion's parentage varies among the different ancient references and stories, but several traditions say that he was originally the king of Elis. According to one tradition, Zeus offered him anything that he might desire, and Endymion chose an everlasting sleep in which he might remain youthful forever. According to another version of the myth, Endymion's eternal sleep was a punishment inflicted by Zeus because he had attempted to have a sexual relationship with Zeus's wife, Hera. In any case, Endymion was loved by Selene, the goddess of the moon, who visited him every night while he lay asleep in a cave on Mount Latmus in Caria; she bore him 50 daughters. A common form of the myth represents Endymion as having been put to sleep by Selene herself so that she might enjoy his beauty undisturbed.

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