Narcissus is a boy whom Teiresiasprophesies will live a long life if he never “knows himself.” Narcissus grows up to be desired by many girls. However, he rejects them all, including Echo. One day, one of the gods answers the prayer of one of Narcissus’s rejected lovers and leads Narcissus to a clear pool where he catches sight of his own reflection. Narcissus falls in love with himself and slowly dies beside his reflection, unable to obtain the object of his desire—himself.
Narcissus Character Timeline in Metamorphoses
The timeline below shows where the character Narcissus appears in Metamorphoses. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 3: Narcissus and Echo
Book 3: Pentheus and Bacchus (1)