Lotis (mythology)

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This article is about mythological nymph. For genus of ladybird, see Lotis (genus).

Lotis, the daughter of Neptune or Nereus, was a nymph mentioned by Ovid. During a festival in honor of Liber that she attended, Priapus tried to rape her while she was asleep, but she was awakened by a sudden cry of a donkey and ran off, leaving Priapus in embarrassment as everyone else woke up too and became aware of his intentions.[1] In another account, she was changed into a lotus tree to escape Priapus; later, Dryope picked a flower off the tree Lotis had become, and was transformed into a black poplar.[2]


  1. ^ Ovid, Fasti, 1. 391 ff
  2. ^ Ovid, Metamorphoses, 9. 347 ff

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