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Daphne was a Greek oracular goddess having a number or oracular shrines dedicated to her at various locations in Asia Minor such as Antiocheia, Mopsuoestia (Cilicia), Sura and Patara (Lycia), and Telmessos (Caria). Represented by the laurel Daphne she is linked with the Daphnephoria festivals honoring Apollo. According to tradition, she was transformed into the laurel to avoid sexual submission to the god. A.G.H.
Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York,
Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 62