Daphne was a forest nymph, daughter of the river-god Ladon in Arcadia or of the river-god Peneus in Thessaly and Gaia. She was a priestess. To get rid of the erotic harassment of Apollo, she transformed herself into a tree. From the branches of the tree Apollo made a wreath which he always wore as a crown on his head in remembrance of the beautiful nymph.


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