Metamorphoses

Metamorphoses

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Niobe Character Analysis

Niobe is a wealthy and powerful queen with many beautiful children. She refuses to worship the goddess Latona because she believes that no one—not even a god—is more blessed than she is. She arrogantly claims that she is invincible. Latona punishes her arrogance by murdering her children and her husband. When Niobe weeps over their dead bodies, Latona turns her into an eternally weeping stone statue and sets her on a mountaintop.

Niobe Quotes in Metamorphoses

The Metamorphoses quotes below are all either spoken by Niobe or refer to Niobe . 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 6: Niobe Quotes

I am undeniably blessed; and blessed I’ll continue to be,
without any doubt. My abundance assures me I’ll always be safe.
I am far too important a person for fortune’s changes to harm me.
However much I am robbed, far more will be left to enjoy.
My blessings are such that I have nothing to fear.

Related Characters: Niobe (speaker), Latona
Page Number: 193
Explanation and Analysis:
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Niobe Character Timeline in Metamorphoses

The timeline below shows where the character Niobe appears in Metamorphoses. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 6: Niobe
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The story of Arachne spreads. When Niobe, the queen of Thebes, hears it, she doesn’t take it as a warning. Niobe is... (full context)
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When Niobe sees the women worshipping Latona, she gets angry. She feels that the women should worship... (full context)
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When Latona hears Niobe’s speech, she is furious. She tells her children, Apollo and Diana, to help her reclaim... (full context)
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Niobe, hearing of the tragedy, runs to her sons and throws herself on their dead bodies.... (full context)
Book 6: The Lycian Peasants
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After hearing what happened to Niobe, everyone fears and worships Latona. Stories resurface of other times when Latona made her power... (full context)
Book 6: Pelops
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...these tales, the people still mourn Amphion who lost his seven sons. Most people blame Niobe, but Pelops weeps for her. Pelops was a boy who was dismembered by his father.... (full context)
Book 6: Tereus, Procne and Philomela
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After Niobe’s fate, princes from all around travel to Thebes to offer sympathy. Every city participates except... (full context)