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In Greek mythology, Hyacinth (in Greek, ὙάκινθοςHyakinthos) was a divine hero, the son of Clio and Pierus, King of Macedonia. His cult at Amyclae dates from the Mycenean era. Download high resolution version (565x800, 105 KB)The Death of Hyacinth by Jean Broc. ... Download high resolution version (565x800, 105 KB)The Death of Hyacinth by Jean Broc. ... The Death of Hyacinthos The Death of Hyacinthos, sometimes referred to as The Death of Hyacinth, is a painting completed by Jean Broc in 1801. ... Categories: Stub | Articles to be expanded ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (748x993, 655 KB) The two-dimensional work of art depicted in this image is in the public domain in the United States and in those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 100 years. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (748x993, 655 KB) The two-dimensional work of art depicted in this image is in the public domain in the United States and in those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 100 years. ... Zephyrus, the Greek god of the west wind, and the goddess Flora, from an 1875 painting by William-Adolphe Bouguereau In Greek mythology, the Anemoi (Άνεμοι — in Greek, Winds) were wind gods who were each ascribed a cardinal direction, from which their respective winds came, and were each associated with various... Attica (in Greek: Αττική, Attike; see also List of traditional Greek place names) is a periphery (subdivision) in Greece, containing Athens, the capital of Greece. ... Red-figure pottery is a style of Greek pottery in which the figure outlines, details and the background are painted black, while the figure itself is not painted. ... Cup can refer to: A drinking vessel such as a teacup or similar drinkware. ... Tarquinia, formerly Corneto and in Antiquity Tarquinii, is an ancient city in the province of Viterbo, Lazio, Italy. ... Events King Xerxes I of Persia sets out to conquer Greece. ... Paul Gauguin, Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (Doù venons-nous? Que faisons-nous? Où allons-nous?) (1897). ... The Oricoli bust of Zeus, King of the Gods, in the collection of the Vatican Museum. ... Clio - detail from The Allegory of Painting, Vermeer For other articles with similar names, see Clio (disambiguation). ... In Greek mythology, Pierus was the lover of Clio and father of Hyacinth. ... // Historical population Amykles or Amikles (Greek: Αμύκλες, older form, polytonic: Ἀμύκλαι, monotonic: Αμύκλαι), older forms: Amyklai, Amykle, Amiklai and Amikle, Latin: Amyclae, is a village and an archaeological site located southwest of Sparta. ... This article is about the Greek archaeological site. ...


He is the tutelary deity of one of the principal Spartan festivals, the Hyacinthia, held every summer. The festival lasted three days, one day of mourning for the death of the divine hero and the last two celebrating his rebirth. The Hyacinthia (Ancient Greek Ὑακίνθια / Hyakínthia) were Spartan religious festivities, organized at Amycla every year in early summer. ...


In the myth, Hyacinth was a beautiful youth beloved by the god Apollo. According to myth, the two competed at discus. They took turns throwing it, until Apollo, to impress his beloved, threw it with all his might. Hyacinth ran to catch it, to impress Apollo in turn, and was struck by the discus as it fell to the ground and he died. Pederastic courtship scene Athenian black-figure amphora, 5th c. ... Lycian Apollo, early Imperial Roman copy of a fourth century Greek original (Louvre Museum) In Greek and Roman mythology, Apollo (Ancient Greek , Apóllōn; or Ἀπέλλων, Apellōn), the ideal of the kouros, was the archer-god of medicine and healing, light, truth, archery and also a bringer of death... Alternate meaning: Discus fish The discus throw is an athletics (track and field) throwing event. ...


Another myth adds that the wind god Zephyrus was actually responsible for the death of Hyacinth. The lad's beauty caused a feud between Zephyrus and Apollo, which was aggravated by the fact that Hyacinth preferred the radiant archery god Apollo. In jealousy, Zephyrus blew Apollo's discus off course, so as to injure and kill Hyacinth. When he died, Apollo did not allow Hades to claim the boy; rather, he made a flower, the hyacinth, from his spilled blood. According to Ovid's account, the tears of Apollo stained the newly formed flower's petals with the sign of his grief. However, the flower of the mythological Hyacinth has been identified with a number of plants other than the true hyacinth, such as the iris. Zephyr and Hyakinth; Attic red figure cup from Tarquinia, circa 480 BCE. Boston Museum of Fine Arts. ... Hades, Greek god of the underworld, enthroned, with his bird-headed staff, on a red-figure Apulian vase made in the 4th century BC. For other uses, see Hades (disambiguation). ... Genera Hyacinthus litwinowii Hyacinthus orientalis Hyacinthus transcaspicus A Hyacinth is any plant of genus Hyacinthus, which are bulbous herbs formerly placed in the lily family Liliaceae but now regarded as the type genus of the separate family Hyacinthaceae. ... Species See text Iris is a genus of between 200-300 species of flowering plants with showy flowers which takes its name from the Greek word for a rainbow, referring to the wide variety of flower colours found among the many species. ...


Although the mythical Hyacinth was male, Hyacinth is currently in use as a female name, usually in reference to the flower and not the mythological figure.


Spoken-word myths - audio files

The Hyacinthus myth as told by story tellers
1. Apollo and Hyacinth, read by Timothy Carter
Bibliography of reconstruction: Homer, Illiad ii.595 - 600 (c. 700 BCE); Various 5th century BCE vase paintings; Palaephatus, On Unbelievable Tales 46. Hyacinthus (330 BCE); Apollodorus, Library 1.3.3 (140 BCE); Ovid, Metamorphoses 10. 162-219 (1CE - 8 CE); Pausanias, Description of Greece 3.1.3, 3.19.4 (160 - 176 CE); Philostratus the Elder, Images i.24 Hyacinthus (170 - 245 CE); Philostratus the Younger, Images 14. Hyacinthus (170 - 245 CE); Lucian, Dialogues of the Gods 14 (170 CE); First Vatican Mythographer, 197. Thamyris et Musae

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See also

The Death of Hyacinth by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo Apollo et Hyacinthus is an opera, K.38, written in 1767 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who was 11 years old at the time. ...

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