|In Latin, "locus amoenus" means "pleasant place." By Ovid's time, the locus amoenus had become a poetic convention: a description of an idyllic setting, often one in which a romantic encounter occurs. In the Metamorphoses, the locus amoenus is almost inevitably the site of a violent or destructive encounter; its pleasant atmosphere belies an impending threat. Here, the tranquil pool will be the scene of Narcissus's ironic "romantic tryst" with himself.|
The locus amoenus can be found in medieval romances. One example is the pleasant orchard in Sir Orfeo in which the fairies set upon Heurodice.