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Daphnis
(540 words)

(Δάφνις; Dáphnis).

[German version]

[1] Mythical cowherd

Mythical cowherd of Sicilian tradition, son of  Hermes (Stesich. fr. 102 PMG = Ael. VH 10.18; Timaeus, FGrH 566 F 83; Diod. Sic. 4,84,2). He died still a youth because of an unfortunate love affair with a  nymph and was honoured with ritual mourning songs typical of those for Adonis (Theoc. 1,64ff.; 7,73ff.). In bucolic poetry he served as the ideal for the adolescent shepherd and was seen as the originator of the s…

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Baudy, Gerhard (Constance) and Höcker, Christoph (Kissing), “Daphnis”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 25 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e310910>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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