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Endymion, the unaging shepherd

Endymion was a young, handsome shepherd whose everlasting sleep made him stay untouched by age

Endymion was a Greek hero who led the Aeolians out of Thessaly and founded Elis, a region in southern Greece. He was the son of Calyce and Aethlios, but, according to some, he was a son of Zeus, the King of the gods.

The Legend of Endymion

Endymion was famous for his extraordinary beauty. One day Selene, the goddess of the moon, saw him sleeping in a cave and fell in love with him. She could not bear the idea of Endymion aging or dying, so he asked Zeus to let him sleep forever and in this way remain untouched by age or death. But every night Selene visited him at his sleeping place.

Selene and Endymion had fifty daughters called the Menae.

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