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Adōnis

Ἄδωνις).


1.

A beautiful youth, son of Cinyras, by his daughter Smyrna (q.v.). He was beloved by Aphrodité, but died of a wound which he

Death of Adonis. (Pompeii.)

received from a boar during the chase. The flower anemone sprang from his blood. The grief of the goddess at his death was so great that the gods of the lower world allowed him to spend six months with her on earth, and the remaining six in the shades.


2.

A river of Phœnicia, which falls into the Mediterranean below Byblus. Its waters were fabled to flow with blood on the anniversary of the death of Adonis.

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