Daphnen. Daphne was the daughter of the river Peneus. To prevent her being ravished by Apollo, Jupiter transformed her into a laurel. Hence arose the fictions of the poets, of the particular regard that Apollo bears to this tree. The most beautiful green laurels grew, as we are informed by Pliny, upon mount Parnassus.Gnosida; Ariadne, the daughter of Minos, king of Crete. Theseus, after vanquishing the Minotaur, carried her off with him, and, arriving at the isle of Naxos, left her there. Bacchus afterward espoused her. Gnosus, or Gnossus, was a city of Crete: hence the epithet given her by the poet.
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