Daphne is the beautiful daughter of a river god. When Cupid intervenes, Apollo falls madly in love with Daphne while she rejects love and men. Apollo chases Daphne through the woods. Daphne prays to her father, who transforms her into a tree so she can escape being raped. Apollo immortalizes the tree and later uses its leaves to crown heroes.
Daphne Character Timeline in Metamorphoses
The timeline below shows where the character Daphne appears in Metamorphoses. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1: Daphne
...and a lead one that repels passion. Cupid shoots Apollo with the gold arrow and Daphne, daughter of the river Penéus, with the lead arrow. Afterwards, Daphne avoids all suitors and... (full context)
Book 1: Io (1)
...rocky ravine where the river god Penéus rules. All the river nymphs gather to recognize Daphne’s transformation into a tree, except Ínachus, who is too upset over his missing daughter Io... (full context)