The Story of Selene and Endymion

17 March 2009 at 00:34 (Kid Liquorice, Random Randomness) ()

There are many variations of this story, but this is the version narrated in Atticus the Storyteller, and the version I am going with in Dreamsong.


Endymion was the mortal son of Zeus and worked as a shepherd, which he found utterly dreary. He was also incredibly handsome, of course. One night, bored out of his mind, he was stunned to see a beautiful and radiant woman approach. This was Selene, the goddess of the Moon, and she fell hopelessly in love with him.

But she was immortal, and he wasn’t, so in order to have him forever, she asked Zeus to put him in an eternal sleep, which he did, and so Endymion never grew old or died. And every night, Selene visited him in his dreams, and she bore him 50 – yes 50 – daughters, each more beautiful than the last.

And that’s the story of Selene and Endymion.

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23 Comments

  1. Sara said,

    @Mosayu – the myth of Selene and Ambrogio is recent fiction, I assume it came from a White Wolf RPG or similar. The myth of Selene and Endymion is an actual ancient Greek myth. A quick google will show you that, and even a seconds research in actual scholarly sources will show that no such figure existed in Greek myth. ‘Ambrogio’ is only mentioned on roleplaying and ‘otherkin’ websites, and has no historical basis. Also, you’d notice precisely the same cut and paste text of this ‘myth’ is used on all sites that mention it; and also that ‘Ambrogio’ is a contemporary Italian name, not an ancient Greek one, I would assume whoever first penned the ‘vampire origin story’ chose Ambrogio because it means ‘immortal’.

    • Silver Arrows said,

      Haha, thank you for this. It’s nice to know Mosayu wasn’t just imagining it. I never did find out where s/he was getting that story from.

      • Bebo said,

        The website http://www.gods-and-monsters.com/vampire-origin.html listed Ambrogio as the fist vampire as well. I was skeptical so, I googled the name and Sara is right about it being a modern fabrication. Why do people do that? It makes finding the actual history of something much harder when people write hoaxes on subjects that actually have a true historical origin.

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