The Metamorphoses of Ovid Book III: Summary and Analysis


Book III: Summary and Analysis

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Agenor: father of the princess Europa, who is abducted; she becomes the mother of Minos, the king of Crete

Cadmus: son of Agenor; brother of Europa; defeats the dragon; founds Thebes

Serpent: killed by Cadmus; the beast is sacred to Mars, god of War and son of Juno and Jove

Echion: one of the survivors of a battle with troops who spring up from serpents’ teeth sown in the ground

Actaeon: hunter turned into a stag by the goddess Diana, after he sees her bathing; grandson of Cadmus

Semele: daughter of Cadmus; beloved of Jove; mother of Bacchus, the god of wine and ecstasy, who is also known as Dionysus

Dionysus: another name for...

(The entire section is 1070 words.)