Selene was an early goddess of the Moon. She drove a silver chariot pulled by silver horses. She is most
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known for her affair with Endymion, king of Elis.

In Mythology

One night, while she was driving over Elis, she saw him sleeping in his bedroom. She instantly fell in love. Instead of granting him direct immortality, she granted him eternal sleep. This way, he would stay forever youthful.


Selene is the daughter of Hyperion, god of light and Theia, mother of the sun. She has two siblings: Helios, god of the sun and Eos, goddess of dawn. Selene has many cousins such as Leto, mother of Apollo and Artemis, Asteria, mother of Hecate, Prometheus, the Fire Theif, Atlas, grandfather of Hermes, the messenger god, and the nine Muses. Selene is the mother of the Menai, the goddesses of the 50 lunar months, the Horae by Helios and others. The Titanesses Phoebe, Rhea, Themis, Tethys, and Mnemosyne are her aunts and the Titans Coeus, Oceanus, Cronos, Iapetus, and Crius are her uncles. Selene's grandmother is Gaia, primordial goddess of the earth who was the sister to Nyx, mother of Sleep and Death (Hypnos and Thanatos). Her grandfather is Ouranos, primordial god of the sky.

Other Family

Selene like most gods & goddesses in Greek Mythology, descended from the Primordials. The goddess Nyx is her great aunt. Erebus, Eros, & Tartarus are her great uncles. Selene is the 2nd cousin of Hypnos, Thanatos, Aether, Hemera, the Moirae, the Oneiroi, the Keres, and many others.

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