Daphne

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Daphne - From the painting by Deverial.
According to Greek myth Apollo chased the nymph Daphne (Greek: Δάφνη, meaning "laurel"), daughter of Ladon, who had scorned him. His infatuation was caused by an arrow from Eros, who was jealous because Apollo had made fun of his archery skills. Eros also claimed to be irritated by Apollo's singing. Daphne prayed to the river god Peneus to help her and he changed her into a laurel tree, which became sacred to Apollo. See Ovid. Metamorphoses. Book I: 452-567.

Things named after Daphne

  • Daphne is also the title of an opera by Richard Strauss based on the myth of the nymph Daphne.
  • Dafne is the name of an opera by Jacopo Peri (1597), no longer extant, and is considered to be the first opera ever composed.
  • Daphne is also a genus of shrubs in the plant family Thymelaeaceae, noted for their scented flowers and poisonous berries.
  • 41 Daphne is the name of an asteroid.
  • Dafni, sometimes called Daphne, is also a suburb of Athens, Greece. It has an Athens Metro station (red line) and Vouliagmenis Avenue. It is the smallest municipality in Athens covering about 1 km². The city hall is in the south, 200 m near the municipal boundary. The municipality is divided in two, one covers 85% to 90% of the total area, and the southeast covers 15% or 10% (smaller than the Vatican) about 0.5 km². It sits on a hill and almost the entire land is used for residential purposes; there are no industrial factories in that part of suburban Athens. A hill is located to the north near the Athens municipal boundary. The main street is Boumpoulinas Avenue.
    • Population: 26,887 (1981), 24,152 (1991)
    • Area: 1 km²
    • Postal code: 172 00
    • Elevation: 70 m (lowest), 80 m (centre), 100 m (highest)
    • Location:
      • Longitude: 23.727/23°43'43
      • Latitude: 37.951/37°57'6
    • YPES code: 0114
    • Address of Adiministration: 16 Ellis and Kanari St. Dafni 172 35

External link

Apollo and Daphne (http://digilander.libero.it/debibliotheca/Arte/bernini/bernini_apollo_and_daphne.jpg) - statue by Gian Lorenzo Berninide:Daphne es:Dafne fr:Daphné it:Dafne nl:Daphne pl:Dafne sv:Dafne

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