In Greek mythology, Selene (Σελήνη, "moon"; Modern Greek pronunciation IPA: [sɛ'liː.niː]) was an archaic lunar deity and the daughter of the titans Hyperion and Theia.[1] In Roman mythology the moon goddess is called Luna, latin for "moon".

Like most moon deities, Selene plays a fairly large role in her pantheon. However, Selene was eventually largely supplanted by Artemis, and Luna by Diana. In the collection known as the Homeric hymns, there is a Hymn to Selene (xxxii), paired with the hymn to Helios; in it Selene is addressed as "far-winged", an epithet ordinarily applied to birds. Selene is mentioned in Nonnus, Dionysiaca 48.581; Pausanias 5.1.4; and Strabo 14.1.6,

The etymology of Selene is uncertain, but if the word is of Greek origin, it is likely connected to the word selas, meaning "light".[2] Boreion Selas is the Greek name for Aurora Borealis. The name is the root of selenology, the study of the geology of the Moon. The chemical element selenium was also named after Selene. Selina is also now an uncommon girls name.

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