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Aesacus Character Analysis

Although a descendent of Troy’s founders and Hector’s brother, Aesacus grows up in the country. When he chases a nymph he desires and she is fatally bitten by a poisonous snake, he jumps off a cliff, trying to kill himself. He is transformed into a diving bird that continuously tries to drown itself.

Aesacus Quotes in Metamorphoses

The Metamorphoses quotes below are all either spoken by Aesacus or refer to Aesacus . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Book 11: Aesacus Quotes

Then Aesacus furiously lowered
his head and plunged to the depths. He repeatedly tried to discover
a pathway to death and never stopped trying. His love made him thin,
and all of him lengthened out: his legs on their knotted joints,
his neck with the head so far from the body. He loves the sea,
and because he is constantly diving down it, we call him the diver.

Related Characters: Aesacus
Page Number: 791
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Aesacus Character Timeline in Metamorphoses

The timeline below shows where the character Aesacus appears in Metamorphoses. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 11: Aesacus
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...attention to a bird skimming the sea with its wings. The bird used to be Aesacus, descended from the founders of Troy and brother to Hector, the famous Trojan. Aesacus, however,... (full context)
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One day, Aesacus spies Hesperia drying her hair by a riverbank. He ambushes her and chases after her.... (full context)
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To relieve his guilt, Aesacus jumps off a cliff, hoping to drown. To his dismay, a river goddess transforms him... (full context)
Book 12: The Greeks at Aulis
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Aesacus’ father Priam has a funeral for Aesacus in Troy. His sons attend, except for Paris,... (full context)