Ceyx is a king who hosts Peleus when Peleus flees Troy. Ceyx witnesses his brother Daedalion be transformed into a bird and a wolf transformed into marble. Disturbed by these occurrences, Ceyx travels to Apollo’s temple, leaving his devoted wife Alcyone behind. He promises Alcyone that he will return shortly, but a horrible storm shipwrecks him and he drowns. When his body floats back to his homeland’s shore and Alcyone finds it, the couple are transformed into birds that always fly together.
Ceyx Character Timeline in Metamorphoses
The timeline below shows where the character Ceyx appears in Metamorphoses. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 11: Peleus at the Court of Ceyx (1)
Book 11: Ceyx’s Story: Daedalion
...the goddess Diana. Furious, Diana pierces Chione’s tongue with an arrow. Then Chione dies in Ceyx’s arms. When Ceyx tells Daedalion the news, Daedalion is overcome with grief. He tries to... (full context)
Book 11: Peleus at the Court of Ceyx (2)
Book 11: Ceyx and Alcyone
...eyes. Iris gives Sleep Juno’s message, asking him to appear in Alcyone’s dream disguised as Ceyx’s ghost. Sleep looks around at the various dream gods and chooses Morpheus—the one who can... (full context)
...night, Morpheus floats to Trachis and stands at the foot of Alcyone’s bed, disguised as Ceyx’s ghost. He whispers into Alcyone’s ear, crying and telling her of his death. He tells... (full context)
Book 11: Aesacus