Arethusa Statement

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I am working on getting this poem by Ovid, ‘Arethusa,’ his retelling of the Greek myth, illustrated into some form of a publication, whether in digital or material form. I am writing this post mainly for myself, to get my thoughts down and organized, so please forgive if it seems boring! 

Arethusa means “the waterer.” she was a nymph and daughter of Nereus (making her a Nereid), and later became a fountain on the island of Ortygia in Syracuse, Sicily.

The myth of her transformation begins when she came across a clear stream and began bathing, not knowing it was the river god Alpheus. He fell in lust. After a long chase, she prayed to her goddess to ask for protection. Artemis hid her in a cloud, but Alpheus was persistent. She began to perspire profusely from fear, and soon transformed into a stream. Artemis then broke theground allowing Arethusa another attempt to flee.

Her stream traveled under the earth to the island of Ortygia, but Alpheus flowed through the sea to reach her and mingle with her waters.Image