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4931: Selene and Endymion. Ceiling at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen.

"From her immortal head a radiance is shown from heaven and embraces earth; and great is the beauty that arises from her shining light." (Homeric Hymn to Selene 2).

This bright and clear Titanian goddess, who shines down with soft light and bathes her lovely body in the waters of the Ocean, is the Moon.


Selene, they say, fell in love with the very handsome King Endymion of Elis, who was allowed to choose what he would, and he chose to sleep for ever, remaining deathless and ageless. However some say that he chose to be always sleepless. Endymion's beauty was comparable only to that of Adonis, Ganymedes, Hyacinthus 1, Narcissus, Hermaphroditus, Hylas and Chrysippus 2.

Helius and Selene

Because Helius (Sun) and his sister Selene (Moon) influence the temperature of the air, both pestilential diseases and deaths have been imputed to them. And then they have been associated with Apollo and Artemis, because these are healers, and standing for what is sound and safe, may prevent those diseases and deaths. But he is confused who thinks that things or gods can be easily classified and understood.






Hyperion 1 & Thia

Pallas 9 & unknown

Hyperion 1 is one of the TITANS, a bringer of light, and father by the Titaness Thia, of Eos (Dawn), Helius (Sun), and Titan.
Pallas 9 is son of Megamedes, otherwise unknown.


Pandia lives among the gods and is exceedingly lovely.

Fifty Daughters


Related sections Selene in GROUPS: PERSONIFICATIONS, TITANS  

Apd.1.2.2; Hes.The.371; Hom.Herm.100; Hom.Sel.32.15; Nonn.48.581; Pau.5.1.4; Strab.14.1.6.