Places of the Myth of Glauco
Property included in the LIM register of the Sicily Region (Places of the Sacred) - Sector "Places of myth and legends" in the following sub-category: Places of metamorphosis
Glauco and Scilla - Agostino Carraci (1597) Galleria Farnese Rome
Glauco was the son of Poseidon, god of the sea, and of a nymph of the Naiads. According to legend, Glauco was born human and was a fisherman and became an immortal god thanks to a magical herb. One day he placed the fishing net containing the fish he had caught on a meadow, and the fish, eating that grass, came back to life and returned to the sea. Intrigued Glauco tasted that herb and, thanks to its magical properties, it became immortal and divine; his legs turned into a fish's tail.
Glauco tries to seduce Scylla with whom he fell in love but Circe who in turn fell in love with him prevented him by transforming Scylla into a monster.
From the poem “Ovid XIII-XIV's Metamorphoses:
Glauco and Scilla
The sea god Glauco, in love with the nymph Scylla, decides to resort
to the magical arts of the sorceress Circe. From Sicily
... with good arms
later crossing the Tyrrhenian it reached the grassy hills
and to the palace of Circe, the daughter of the Sun, stuffed
all of beasts. He greeted her on seeing her,
result, saying: “Mercy, I adjure you, of a God!
Because you alone, if I seem worthy to you, can relieve me
the loving passion. Nobody knows better than Glauco
how great is the strength of the herbs, which have changed me.
... not medication I ask
that the wound heals me: I don't need this; she feels
part of the fire that burns me! “But Circe (none of her
is better suited to sudden loves) ...
… So he replied: “You would
better to follow someone who wants you too, inflamed
from the same passion "...
here is myself, a diva, the daughter of the clear sun,
that I can so much with poems and even with herbs, I would like
be yours. She despises who despises and second who loves you;
and in one stroke only take the revenge of two ”.
Glaucus replied to the diva who flattered him:
“First the fronds in the sea will be born or on the high mountains
the algae, which I change, living, the love I have for Scylla ”.
The Goddess was indignant, who could harm him by not being able to
and not wanting to, because she was into it, she gets angry with it
who is in charge of it; and offense for such refusal of love,
immediately grind weeds of horrible juices,
and, in chopping them, he whispers Acatean poems; a blue
he dresses himself and, among the beasts that celebrate,
exits the hall and goes towards Reggio, in front of Messina ...
In a cove, where Scylla usually gets wet, Circe infects
the waters of the sea with poisons squeezed from roots repeating words
magical. Scilla shortly after enters the water and immediately you see the
lower body ugly from snarling dogs; afterwards
it is turned into a cliff
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