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Hyacinthus

Hyacinthus, Apollo's Handsome Partner



Hyacinth was a very attractive young lad from Sparta, Greece.




Who was Hyacinthus?

Hyacinthus was the son of Clio, the muse of history and epic poetry and Pierus, the king of Macedonia. Hyacinthus was considered a partner of both the Greek god Apollo and Zephyrus, the god of the winds. These two deities competed to see who would win the favor of the handsome young man.




Apollo and Hyacinthus

One day Apollo taught Hyacinthus how to throw the discus, and in his effort to impress his beloved, Apollo threw the discus with all his strength. Immediately Hyacinthus tried to run after the discus, but unfortunately was hit by it and severely injured! Despite Apollo's efforts to save the young man's life with herbs, the young man eventually died.




The Creation of the Hyacinth Flower

From the spilled blood Apollo created a beautiful flower, on whose petals the letters "AI" are engraved - as a symbol for Apollo's painful scream...



Roman name: Hyacinthus



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