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Narcissus,d. A.D. 54, secretary of the Roman Emperor Claudius I. A freedman with great influence, he revealed to Claudius the intrigue of MessalinaMessalina
(Valeria Messalina) , d. A.D. 48, Roman empress, wife of Claudius I. She was the mother of his children, Britannicus and Octavia. Her reputation for greed and lust was supposedly unknown to her husband until, in Claudius' absence, she publicly married her lover Caius
..... Click the link for more information. and expedited her death (A.D. 48). The woman that Narcissus chose for Claudius' next wife was, however, passed over in favor of Agrippina the YoungerAgrippina the Younger,
d. A.D. 59, Roman matron; daughter of Germanicus Caesar and Agrippina the Elder. By her first husband, Cneius Domitius Ahenobarbus, she was the mother of Nero.
..... Click the link for more information. , who was hostile to Narcissus. After Claudius' death she drove Narcissus to commit suicide. In the course of his lifetime Narcissus amassed a huge fortune.
Narcissus(närsĭs`əs), in Greek mythology, beautiful youth who refused all offers of love, including that of EchoEcho,
in Greek mythology, mountain nymph. She assisted Zeus in one of his amorous adventures by distracting Hera with her chatter. For this Hera made her unable to speak except to repeat another's last words.
..... Click the link for more information. . As punishment for his indifference he was made to fall in love with his own image in a mountain pool. Unable to possess the image, he pined away and was turned into a flower.
Narcissus(närsĭs`əs), in the New Testament, Roman whose household was partly Christian.
, common name for some members of the Amaryllidaceae, a family of mostly perennial plants with narrow, flat leaves and with lilylike flowers borne on separate, leafless stalks.
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in Greek mythology a beautiful youth, the son of the river god Cephissus. Because he spurned the love of the nymph Echo, Narcissus was punished by Aphrodite: he fell in love with his own reflection in the water and died from unrequited passion. According to the myth, the gods transformed Narcissus into a flower.
a genus of herbaceous plants of the family Amaryllidaceae. The plants have perennial bulbs covered with brown layered scales. The leaves are linear, and the generally yellow or white flowers are solitary or in a cluster at the end of the flower stem. The perianth has a cylindrical tube and a spreading, six-segmented blade with a tubular, bell-shaped, or cuplike crown. The fruit is a fleshy capsule.
There are approximately 30 species of Narcissus (according to other data, up to 60), distributed primarily in the Mediterranean region. A single species, Narcissus angustifolius, grows wild in the USSR, in Transcarpathia. Narcissus are ornamentals that blossom in the spring. They are planted in gardens and parks and are raised for cuttings by forcing. Common single-flowered species include the daffodil (N. pseudonarcissus) and the poet’s narcissus (N. poëticus). Common species with several flowers include the polyanthus narcissus (N. tazetta) and the jonquil (N. jonquilla). The flowers of several species of Narcissus contain essential oils and are very fragrant; the bulbs contain a number of alkaloids.
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