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Echo and Narcissus Trivia

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Narcissus is the title and main track of the second album from the band Pacific!. What do you think: is the song as beautiful as the guy? (Source).

The Nobel Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney references our self-loving protagonist in his poem Personal Helicon.

There's an entire ballet based on this myth. Something tells us Narcissus would be a really good dancer. (Source).

The Echo and Narcissus myth had a large impact on Victorian homoerotic culture. It even inspired Oscar Wilde's only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, which you can check out right here at Shmoop.

Narcissus in Chains is the name of volume 10 in Laurel K. Hamilton's Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. It's also the name of a bar in the novel. We'll give you a hint: some icky stuff goes down there.

Narcissus may be a partial inspiration for the character of Narcissa Malfoy, in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Narcissa is described as being both very beautiful and very self-absorbed. (Source).

Ovid was exiled to the city of Tomis by the order of Emperor Augustus himself. The order came in 8 C.E., around the time he first published The Metamorphoses. (And He's not the only famous writer to be exiled—we're looking at you, Dante.)

In Disney's Hercules, Narcissus shows up as a god. For some reason he's purple. We don't know why.

Echoes aren't really the result of a bodiless nymph repeating what we say. (Source: Shmoop).

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