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Apollo and Daphne

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Have you ever fallen desperately, madly in love with somebody?

Have you known someone who has gone totally love crazy?

Have you ever been turned into a tree?

We're guessing the answer to at least one of these questions is yes. It's not just ducks and gorillas that spend a ton of time hunting for a mate – humans do, too. And sometimes, when the right person comes along, we go completely berserk.

The myth of "Apollo and Daphne" is proof positive that the ancient Greeks weren't any different than we are today. When Apollo is struck by Cupid's arrow, he goes crazy over a hot young nymph named Daphne. If only they'd had back then, maybe he could've figured out before chasing her all over the place that they just weren't meant to be. Of course, when Cupid strikes, no amount of Internet matchmaking advice can ever really stand in the way.

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Apollo and Daphne Through Time
Click below to read an excellent article about the ways different poets have retold the tale of Apollo and Daphne through the years.

Historical Documents

Click here for several versions of Ovid's <em>Metamorphoses</em> in which the story of "Apollo and Daphne" appears. 


Bernini's Sculpture
Two disembodied voices give their take on the myth and Bernini's famous sculpture.

This clip animates the beginning of the story. Check it out. It's pretty cool.

"Apollo and Daphne" as told by Taiwanese pop stars.  You must watch this video.


Listen to a snippet of Handel's famous opera based on the myth.


The Myth of Apollo and Daphne from Ovid to Quevedo: Love, Agon, and the Grotesque
This book is a great way to learn about the cultural significance of the story over time, by discussing the ways in which different poets have retold the story.

Greek Masterpieces
This book retells the story for children.

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