LEANDER

ΛΕΙΑΝΔΡΟΣ

The famous youth of Abydos, who, from love of Hero, the priestess of Aphrodite, in Sestus, swam every night across the Hellespont, being guided by the light of the lighthouse of Sestus. Once during a very stormy night the light was extinguished, and he perished in the waves. On the next morning his corpse was washed on the coast of Sestus, and Hero, on seeing it, threw herself into the sea. This story is the subject of the epic poem of Musaeus, entitled De Amore Herois et Leandri, and is also mentioned by Ovid (Her. xviii. 19), Statius (Theb. vi. 535), and Virgil (Georg. iii. 258, &c.)

Hero Finding Leander, by Ferdinand Keller (1842-1922), German painter

Hero Finding Leander, by Ferdinand Keller (1842-1922), German painter