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CaptionIn Ovid's Metamorphoses there is a great love between Acis the spirit of the Acis River and Galatea the sea-nymph. According to mythology the tears of Galatea after the death of Acis gave birth to the Acis River Fiume di Jaci flowing past Acireale the ancient Akis or Acium --- --- --- According to Ovid's Metamorphoses Acis was the son of Faunus and the river-nymph Symaethis daughter of the River Symaethus. His version of the tale occurs nowhere earlier and may be a fiction invented by him "suggested by the manner in which the little river springs forth from under a rock". According to Athenaeus ca 200 CE the story was first concocted as a political satire against the Sicilian tyrant Dionysius I of Syracuse whose favourite concubine Galatea shared her name with a nereid mentioned by Homer. --- --- ---Others claim the story was invented to explain the presence of a shrine dedicated to Galatea on Mount Etna. --- --- --- Acireale is also noted for its art and paintings: the oldest academy in Sicily the "Accademia dei Dafnici e degli Zelanti" is located here.
HeadlineAcis was the spirit of the Acis River in Sicily and returns every year with many other great spirits curing the annual Carnevale of Acireale
KeywordsNicolas-Poussin Acireale Dionysius-I
Creditnationalgallery.ie
Byline (Photographer)Nicolas-Poussin

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