Endymion (ĕndĭmˈēən) [key], in Greek mythology, young shepherd, loved by Selene (the moon). In one version of his legend, he asked Zeus for immortality and perpetual youth. Zeus consented on the condition that Endymion remain eternally asleep. The English poets Lyly, Drayton, and Keats all wrote poems based on the legend.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on Endymion from Fact Monster:

  • William Dobson - Dobson, William Dobson, William, 1610–46, English court painter. After the death of Van Dyck, ...
  • John Wilson Croker - Croker, John Wilson Croker, John Wilson , 1780–1857, British Tory politician and author, b. ...
  • Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson - Girodet-Trioson, Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson, Anne-Louis , 1767–1824, French painter. ...
  • John Keats - Biography of John Keats, Romantic poet who wrote "Ode to a Nightingale"
  • Stephen Decatur - Decatur, Stephen Decatur, Stephen , 1779–1820, American naval officer, b. Sinepuxent, near ...

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Folklore and Mythology

Play Hangman

Play Poptropica

Play Quizzes

Play Tic Tac Toe