"And still deeper the meaning of that story of Narcissus"

   In Greek myth Narcissus is a youth who unwittingly falls in love with his own image, pining his life away beside the pool which reflects it.  'Narcissism' would become the term for pathological self-love in Sigmund Freud's portrait of the mind as a trait present in the development of all personalities.



Online edition of Ovid's 'Metamorphoses', as translated by Sir Samuel Garth, John Dryden, et al (1st-century AD)