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Antakya Museum 7547

Antakya Museum 7547

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This is part of "Apollo and Daphne", inv. 845, from Harbiye, third century AD. From the Enc. Britt.: (Daphne:) the personification of the laurel (Greek daphnç), a tree whose leaves, formed into garlands, were particularly associated with Apollo. Traditionally, the special position of the laurel was connected with Apollo's love for Daphne, the beautiful daughter of a river god (probably Ladon) who lived a pastoral existence in either Thessaly, the Peloponnese, or Syria. She rejected every lover, including Apollo. When the god pursued her, Daphne prayed to the Earth or to her father to rescue her, whereupon she was transformed into a laurel.

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