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Endymion, in Greek mythology, youthful lover of the goddess Selene. Various myths explain the eternal sleep and youth of the immortal Endymion. In one, Selene herself casts the spell; in another, Zeus offers eternal sleep and youth as an alternative to death. A poem named after Endymion was written by the English poet John Keats (1818).

See also: Mythology.

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