In Greek mythology, Selene is the personification of the Moon. She is daughter of the titans Hyperion and Aunt, and sister of Helios, the Sun, and of Eos, the Aurora. She is a young and beautiful woman, who crosses the sky in a silver carriage pulled by two horses.

She's known for her many lovers. She and Zeus had a daughter, Pandia. In Arcadia she was the lover of the god Pan, who had given her a herd of white oxen.

However, she is mostly know for the story she shared with Endymion, shepherd of Caria. One summer night, after caring for his flocks, Endymion took refuge in a grotto on Mount Latmos to rest. The night was clear, and in the sky Selene was walking in her carriage. Moonlight entered the cave, and so Selene could see the young man asleep. From the moment the goddess looked at him she fell in love with him.

He descended from Heaven, and Endymion was awakened by the brush of Selene's lips upon his own. The whole cavern was illuminated by the light of the moon. He saw the brilliant goddess, and between the two of them was born a great passion.

Selene went to the Olympus, and begged Zeus to grant his beloved the fulfillment of a wish, and the Lord of Olympus accepted. Endymion, after meditating, asked for the gift of eternal youth, and sleep in a perpetual dream, of what Selene would only wake him. Zeus granted his request.

Since, Selene visits her sleeping lover in the mountain cavern. Of this love were born fifty daughters, and in several versions also, a son of Selene and Endymion was Naxo, the hero of the island of Naxos.

"Come, blessed Goddess, prudent, starry, bright, come moony-lamp with chaste and splendid light,
Shine on these sacred rites with prosp'rous rays, and pleas'd accept thy suppliant's mystic praise."
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