Selene

Goddess and embodiment of the Moon 

 

Roman Name: Luna

 

Lover of Endymion, a mortal.  Having learned that loving a mortal can only result in heartbreak when he grows old and dies, she begs Zeus to grant him eternal youth . . . and eternal slumber.  (see relief below)

 

Note: While Artemis has dominion over the Moon, Selene is the Moon incarnate. The Greek goddess Selene is pronounced "Seh-lee-nee" while Selene DiSilva, protagonist of The Immortals,  pronounces her name "Celine."

Sarcophagus with the myth of Selene and Endymion

Roman, early 3rd century AD

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Selene, Vatican Museum, Rome

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