Adonis

Greek - God of rebirth, vegetation, etc. Son of Myrrha by her own father, King Cinyras. Son of Phoenix and Alphesiboea, some say. The king's wife upset Aphrodite by saying that Myrrha (Smyrna in some stories) was more beautiful than the goddess, who thereupon caused Myrrha to fall in love with her own father who slept with her when he was drunk. Her father is variously referred to as Belus, Cinyras or Theias. The result of this union was Adonis who was saved from Cinyras' sword by Aphrodite who put him in a box and handed him over to Persephone to be reared. Some say that Myrrha was changed into a myrtle tree and that the baby was delivered from the trunk of the tree when it was split open by the tusk of a charging boar. When Aphrodite wanted him back, Persephone refused to hand him over and Zeus had to intervene to settle the argument. Calliope adjudicated and she decreed that Adonis should spend half of each year with the two women who loved him or, in some versions, four months with each of the women and the rest of the year by himself. Some say that he was married to Aphrodite and they had two children. He was killed by Ares, in the form of a boar, when he was out hunting with Aphrodite. The crimson flower of the anemone grew where his blood stained the earth. Alternatively, his blood became red roses and Aphrodite's tears became anemones. After his death, Aphrodite pleaded successfully with Zeus to allow Adonis to spend half the year with her and half in the underworld. He is sometimes depicted with a lyre. Known as Adonis, Syrian God, Syrian God or Adonis.
Phoenician - A god of Byblos. Occasionally called Adonis, Syrian God, Syrian God or Adonis.

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