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The Myth of Jupiter and Callisto

Francois Boucher,1703-1770. "Diana Leaving the Bath." Painting (1742). Louvre, Paris, France. The painting shows Diana seated next to her favorite companion, Callisto.
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The Louvre. (c) Photo provided courtesy of the Reunion des Musees Nationaux.

Callisto was a river goddess. Her great grandfather was the river god Inachus. Callisto was the favorite companion of the goddess Diana. She accompanied Diana on the hunt and helped her and looked after her needs after the hunt.


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