ACIS

ΑΚΙΣ

According to Ovid (Met. xiii. 750, &c.) a son of Faunus and Symaethis. He was beloved by the nymph Galatea, and Polyphemus the Cyclops, jealous of him, crushed him under a huge rock. His blood gushing forth from under the rock was changed by the nymph into the river Acis or Acinius at the foot of mount Aetna. This story does not occur any where else, and is perhaps no more than a happy fiction suggested by the manner in which the little river springs forth from under a rock.

Acis and Galatea, by Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665), French Baroque painter

Acis and Galatea, by Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665), French Baroque painter