Daphne: A Nymph's Story
Daphne was a naiad nymph of the river Peneios in Thessaliaor the Ladon of Arkadia. She was loved by the god Apollo who held her until she became tired and annoyed, and asked Gaia for help and was transformed into a laurel tree. In a festival at Delphoi, a branch of a sacred laurel tree was brought to Delphi from the Thessalian vale of Tempe. This said that the Thessalian version of the Daphne myth was older. There was also a Delphic myth about Daphnis, an oreiad nymph who was Gaia's prophetic priestess at Delphoi before Apollon took control of the oracle.

Parents: Ladon, Peneios, Amyclas

A fair maiden who is mixed up with various traditions about Apollo. She was an Oreas and an ancient priestess of the Delphic oracle to which she had been appointed by Ge. Diodorus. This describes her as the daughter of Teiresias, who is better known with the name of Manto. She was made prisoner in the war of the Epigoni and given as a present to Apollo. A third Daphne is called a daughter of the rivergod Ladon in Arcadia by Ge, or of the river-god Peneius in Thessaly, or also of Amyclas. She was extremely beautiful and was loved and pursued by Apollo. When on the point of being overtaken by him, she prayed to her mother, Ge, who opened the earth and recieved her, and in order to console Apollo she created the ever-green laurel-tree, of the boughs of which Apollo made himself a wreath. Another Story relates that Leucippus, the son of Oenomaus, king od Pisa, was in love with Daphne and approached her in the disguise of a maiden and thus hunted with her. But Apollo's jealousy caused his discovery during the bath, and he was killed by the nymphs. According to Ovid, Daphne in her flight from Apollo was metamorphosed herself into a laurel-tree.

Greek Name: Dafnh

daphne.jpg Daphne was not very fond of Apollo, which is why she chose to become a tree.
daphne7.jpg Daphne was very pretty, and was loved by many.

Apollo and Daphne as she changes into a tree.