Nemesis In Greek Mythology

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A nemesis is “an opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome”. This word comes from the Greek word némein, which means “to give what is due” ("Nemesis (Mythology)"). Nemesis was also the name of a goddess in Greek mythology. She was the goddess of divine retribution and rightful indignation, commonly known as the goddess of revenge. She showed her wrath to any human that committed hubris, or arrogance, towards the gods (“Nemesis”). Nemesis may be remembered for her brutal acts of punishment, but she was necessary for keeping the mortals at equilibrium between pleasure and displeasure. In Greek culture, gods and goddesses were often depicted with objects in their hands and other items around them to represent their characteristics. Nemesis is represented by several different attributes, many of which are…show more content…
Nemesis made Narcissus fall in love with his own reflection, thinking it was someone else. He stayed there for days without drinking or eating because he could not force himself to leave; he was too deeply in love. He feared that if he left to go find food and came back, the person would be gone. He waited there for days until he finally fell over and died of starvation. His wilting body then turned into a beautiful flower that was named narcissus in honor of him (Alice Lowe). The myth of Nemesis and Narcissus was so popular in the time of the Greeks that it was copied by other cultures, who put their own twist on it. In the Roman version, the Nymph Echo is involved. The myth did not just impact storytellers, however, it also inspired many artists throughout Europe. In 1597, the myth inspired one Italian painter, Caravaggio, to paint a picture of a young man kneeling by the water, admiring himself. The myth of Narcissus also influenced poets, such as Keats and Housman, who featured versions of Narcissus in their works (“The Myth of

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