In Greek mythology, Narcissus was a hunter who was known for his beauty, whom nothing pleased so much as his own mirror image. He was the son of the river god Cephissus and nymph Liriope.
Narcissus was walking in the woods when Echo, a mountain nymph saw him, fell deeply in Love, and followed him. Narcissus sensed he was being followed and shouted ‘Who’s there?’. Echo repeated ‘Who’s there?’
She eventually revealed her identity and attempted to embrace him. He stepped away and told her to leave him alone. She was heartbroken and spent the rest of her life in lonely glens until nothing but an echo sound remained of her.
Nemesis, the goddess of revenge, learned of this story and decided to punish Narcissus. Nemesis lured him to a pool where he saw his own reflection. He did not realize it was only an image and fell in love with it.
Unable to leave the beauty of his reflection, Narcissus lost his will to live. He eventually realized that his love could not be reciprocated he stared at his reflection and committed suicide.
Тhe myth of Narcissus has inspired artists for at least two thousand years, Roman poet Ovid featured a version in book and was followed in more recent centuries by other famous poets and painters.