Metamorphoses

Metamorphoses

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Callisto Character Analysis

Callisto is a virgin huntress who follows the goddess Diana. One day, Jupiter rapes and impregnates her. Callisto’s visible pregnancy reveals to Diana that she is no longer a virgin, so Diana banishes her from her clan of virgins. Shortly after Callisto gives birth to a son, Juno transforms her into a bear, angry that Jupiter has cheated on her again. Callisto’s son grows up to be a hunter who tries to kill his mother when he encounters her in the woods. Jupiter blocks his blow and transports the mother and son to the sky as constellations.

Callisto Quotes in Metamorphoses

The Metamorphoses quotes below are all either spoken by Callisto or refer to Callisto . 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 2: Callisto Quotes

To prevent her appealing for pity by prayers or words of entreaty
her powers of speech were wrested away, and her hoarse throat only
emitted an angry, menacing, terror-inspiring growl.
But though her body was now a bear’s, her emotions were human.
Continual groaning testified to her inner anguish.

Related Characters: Callisto
Page Number: 482
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Callisto Character Timeline in Metamorphoses

The timeline below shows where the character Callisto appears in Metamorphoses. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 2: Callisto
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...to restore it from the burn. He catches sight of a beautiful virgin huntress named Callisto who is the favorite of the virgin goddess Diana. Jupiter spies Callisto taking a nap... (full context)
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Jupiter leaves Callisto. Diana appears with her group of virgins, but Callisto runs away, fearing Diana is Jupiter... (full context)
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Queen Juno hears of Jupiter’s infidelity. Furious, she finds Callisto, who has just given birth to Jupiter’s son, Arcas. The Queen grabs Callisto’s hair and... (full context)
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...to implore them to reject these new constellations. They agree. Juno hopes Jupiter will restore Callisto to human form so that she won’t usurp the Queen’s place as Jupiter’s wife. (full context)