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Hyacinth: Mythology Project


Veronica Toth

on 28 April 2010

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Transcript of Hyacinth: Mythology Project

The Myth of Hyacinth By Veronica Toth Important People: Myth A
Hyacinth and Apollo go to play discus
Apollo throws the disc and hits Hyacinth on the forehead
Hyacinth dies, and a flower grows from his blood.
Hyacinth (sometimes Hyacinthus)
Son of Pierus (king of Macedonia) and Clio (muse)
described as being "very beautiful"
mortal who was argued over by the gods However... the flower that was thought to have grown from his blood is thought to be an iris, not a modern hyacinth. Myth B
Zephyr and Apollo were competing for Hyacinth's attentions.
when Hyacinth chose Apollo, Zephyr was enraged.
later, Zephyr gained his revenge by blowing a discus that Apollo threw into Hyacinth's head, killing him. Meaning: several cultural and philisophical ideas can be gained from this myth. Zephyr
also known as "wind god" or "West Wind"
jealous of Apollo for being picked by Hyacinth
known as the gentlest of the four winds After Hyacinth's death, Apollo stains the flower with "ai, ai"... The Greeks tended to "humanize" their gods
- why? Also, the Greeks wanted to explain the death of young people and make some sense come out of a tragedy. It is said that because of his love for the boy, Apollo would not let Hades take Hyacinth to the underworld after his death. Apollo
son of Zeus and a nymph
the sun god
supportive of arts such as
music, poetry and archery

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