ECHO


Name: Echo
Roman name: Echo
Parents: A mortal father & nymph mother

Echo was a beautiful nymphs, fond of the woods and hills, where she devoted herself to woodland sports. She was a favorite of Artemis, But Echo had one failing; she liked talking, and when she was in chat or argument, she would have the last word. whose power of speech was curtailed by Hera, so that she merely repeated the concluding phrases of a speech and returned the words she heard. Hera did this because Echo, holding the goddess in long talk, prevented her from caching the NYMPHS who had been in a relationship with her husband Zeus.
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What is a nymph? Well In Greek mythology, a nymph was a nature deity, often associated with gods or goddesses that ruled over a natural realm, such as Artemis or Apollo.minor nature goddesses,thought of as a beautiful woman living in rivers,trees,and other out door areas.


Echo and Narcissus

Zeus, the King of the Olympians, was known for his many love affairs. Sometimes Echo would distract his wife Hera with long and entertaining stories, When Hera discovered what was going on she punished the talkative Echo by taking away her voice. Therefore she could only repeat what other people say.
Echo fell in love with a selfish boy named Narcissus, who was the son of the blue Nymph Leiriope . He was concerned about his baby. Leirope went to see the oracle called Teiresias to see what was in store for his son's future. Teiresias told the nymph that Narcissus "would live to a ripe old age, as long as he never knew himself."
Narcissus grew to be a happy and heathy child. By the age of sixteen he had left a trail of broken hearts. Narcissus wanted nothing to do with falling in love with anyone and blocked all attempts at romance.
One day when Narcissus was out hunting stags, Echo followed him through the woods, longing to talk to him but unable to speak first. When Narcissus finally heard footsteps and shouted "Who's there?", Echo could only say one thing "Who's there?" Finally Echo showed herself and ran to see the handsome youth.
He pulled away from her and told her to get away. Narcissus left Echo heartbroken and she spent the rest of her life in lonely valleys, staying away from the love she never knew, until only her voice was left.
A man named Ameinius was one of Narcissus' most loving admirers, and acepted all of his attention. The conceited youth responded by sending Ameinius a sword, telling him to prove his adoration. Ameinious proceeded to strike the sword into his heart, committing suicide to demonstrate his love, The gods punished the selfish Narcissus.
The goddess of the hunt, Artemis, heard the cry for help to make Narcissus fall in love, but a kind a love that was to powerful for her to make it happen. Narcissus came upon a clear river at Donacon in Thespia and, as he sat down to take a drink of water, for the first time caught a glimps of himself reflected in the pool of water. He tried to touch the refleconin the waters, but it always shatterd
so he never could.

For hours he sat and stared into the spring, at last recognizing himself but shocked by the fact that he could never own the object of his reflection. Narcissus was tormented, much as he had tormented all those who in the past had been unlucky enough to fall in love with him.
Finally unable to stand it , Narcissus plunged a dagger in his heart and died, calling out a last goodbye to his reflected image. Where his blood sat the earth has now planted white narcissus flower with its red corollary.