Feb 7, 2015

greek mythology, endymion

Endymion and Selene
Victor Florence Pollet (1811-82)

Endymion,  chàng chăn cừu người yêu của  nữ thần mặt trăng Selene. Endymion là người trần gian chỉ được Zeus cho bất tử trong giấc ngủ vĩnh viễn, mỗi đêm Selene lại hiện đến để hôn Endymion trong khi ngủ. 

Endymion was a young, handsome mortal man. Some versions of the story say that he was a simple shepherd; others claim he was the King of Elis. Regardless, the Moon Goddess Selene laid eyes on him one night and fell in love with him. The love between an immortal and a mortal was forbidden, making this romance interesting in a Romeo and Juliet sort of way. Of course since Selene was a goddess, she would stay eternally young and beautiful. Endymion, on the other hand, would eventually succumb to time, age, and death, as mortals do. Selene then put Endymion into eternal sleep, keeping him deathless. This way she could gaze upon him lovingly every night, and he would never grow any older. It is said that Selene bore Endymion fifty daughters during this time. While Selene had been engaged in love affairs before him, it is said that she stayed true to Endymion, even after he was put into eternal sleep.  (Greek Mythology, Endymion