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Endymion, the unaging shepherd


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, however, according to some, he was a son of Zeus, the King of the gods.

Endymion was famous for his exceptional beauty. One day, Selene, the goddess of the moon, saw him sleeping inside a cave and fell in love with him. She couldn't stand the idea of Endymion aging or dying, so he asked from Zeus to make him sleep forever and remain this way untouched by age or death. However, every night, Selene visited him on his sleeping place.

Selene and Endymion had fifty daughters called the Menae.


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