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Hyacinthides
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(Ὑακινθίδες; Hyakinthídes). Name of a group of Athenian goddesses, in whose honour a yearly sacrificial festival with maiden dances was held, and who received wineless offerings prior to an army's march into battle. The mythical reason for these rites can be found in the legend that the H. had been sacrificed by  Erechtheus in order to fend off an invasion. Their names and number vary; certain names indicate a relationship to Artemis (who in Sparta received sacrifices prior to a battle). They may also be called simply Parthenoi, ‘g…

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Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH), “Hyacinthides”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 25 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e518630>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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