A-Z: General definitions: Echo


Echo was a nymph living on Mount Helicon who was unable to say what she wanted to say. Instead, she could only repeat the last word/s spoken by another. There are several stories offered as explanation. In one, Hera imposed this punishment because Echo deliberately delayed her in conversation when Hera was trying to catch other nymphs with Zeus. Another story states that Pan was the cause. Echo was one of the lovers rejected by Narcissus.

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