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Cinyras

Κινύρας). Supposed, in the Greek mythology, to have been king of Cyprus, the oldest priest of Aphrodité in Paphos, the founder of that city, and the ancestor of the priestly family of the Cinyradae. His wealth and long life, bestowed upon him by Aphrodité, were proverbial; and from Apollo, who was said to be his father, he received the gift of song. He was accounted the founder of the ancient hymns sung at the services of the Paphian Aphrodité and of Adonis. Consequently he was reckoned among the oldest singers and musicians, his name, perhaps, being Phœnician, derived from kinnor, “a harp.” The story added that he was the father of Adonis (q.v.) by his own daughter Myrrha, and that, when made aware of the sin, he took away his own life.

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