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The Partenope Mermaid - Naples


Posted: Jul 11, 2019 4:48 PM
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Naples 2019 have marked the 100 days to go countdown to the Summer Universiade as organisers revealed Partenope the mermaid chosen to be the event’s mascot.

Vincenzo De Luca, President of the Campania region, confirmed the mermaid had been chosen as the mascot.

"The Partenope Mermaid is one of the gentle, beautiful and historically significant symbols of Naples," he said, according to Italian news agency ANSA.

"It seems to me that we have taken the right path."

Parthenope was one of the sirens in Greek mythology and, according to legend, attempted to entice Odysseus.

Having failed in her attempt, Parthenope then threw herself into the sea and washed ashore on the island of Megaride.

The mermaid’s body was then claimed to have dissolved and formed the shape of Naples.

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