The story

The story of Cephalus and Aurora is told in Book Seven of Ovid’s, Metamorphoses (7: 701-14). Cephalus fell in love with Procris. Shortly afterwards while hunting deer he caught the attention of the Goddess of Dawn, Aurora. She had a roving eye and was frequently attracted to young mortal men. Descending from her mountain home, Aurora kidnapped Cephalus and became lovers for eight years. However, on finding that he never stopped loving Procris she allowed him to return home, privately swearing vengeance by causing a spirit of jealousy. Procris was happy Cephalus returned to her, but she wondered how faithful he was to her. So, when he went to a mountaintop for hunting she followed him and hid in the woods to spy on him while he was hunting. Cephalus heard a noise and not knowing it was his wife following, he threw the javelin thinking it was an animal. Procris was mortally wounded.

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