Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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(Ἄδωνις [Ádònis]; Latin Adonis)

A. Myth

There are various traditions of the lineage of A. He is generally said to be the son of the Syrian King Theias and his daughter Smyrna (Myrrha). In later versions, following the Cypriot legend, Theias is mostly superseded by Cinyras (Hyg. Fab. 58). In Hesiod, he is the son of Phoenix and Alphesiboea (cf. Apollod. 3,14,4). The first complete account of the story is found in Apollodorus’ Bibliotheke and represents the core repository of the myth, which is transmitted in assorted …

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Weiser, Jutta, “Adonis”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 11 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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