Picus is a character in a story that one of Circe’s nymphs tells Macareus. Picus was a handsome horse rider who rejected all his lovers in favor of a girl named Canens. One day after Picus and Canens marry, Circe spots Picus out riding and falls in love. She attempts to seduce him but he rejects her. Furious, Circe turns Picus into a woodpecker.
Picus Character Timeline in Metamorphoses
The timeline below shows where the character Picus appears in Metamorphoses. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 14: Macareus’ Story: Picus, Canens and Circe