Aphrodite heard the cries of her lover
and immediately rushed to his aid,
yet it was too late...
Aphrodite and Adonis
(Aphrodite and Adonis,
Attic red-figure aryballos-shaped lekythos by Aison,
ca. 410 BC, Louvre)
One day Aphrodite
was playing with her son Eros (Cupid) when he accidentally
wounded her with one of his arrows. Before the wound healed her
gaze fell on Adonis who was one of the most handsome men in the
land-and immediately fell in love with him. She followed him
around everywhere and even started to go hunting with him. She,
Aphrodite, who had never before taken pleasure in anything but
luxury, was hunting for love of this man!
But, his love of hunting began to concern her. She confronted
him about it, reminding him that hunting was a sport where one
had to be very careful. She warned him to take care in choosing
his prey, to stay away from wild beasts that had the potential
to cause him harm.
Unfortunately, Adonis being the ¡®typical¡¯ man did not take her
advice. He spotted a boar and immediately grabbed his spear and
went after it. The boar, alas, proved to powerful for him, the
animal knocked away Adonis¡¯s spear leaving him defenceless.
On her swan drawn carriage Aphrodite heard the cries of her
lover and immediately rushed to his aid, yet it was too late,
Adonis had already died as a result of his foolish actions.
Aphrodite sick with grief was not willing to see her lover fade
away before her eyes. She sprinkled nectar on his skin and the
body which once belonged to Adonis morphed into a flower. The
new flower had crimson petals in memory of the blood shed by
Adonis. Like the youth the flower dies as it reaches it¡¯s peak
of beauty, the wind blows the blossoms open, and also blows the
petals away. That¡¯s why the flower is known as Anemone, or wind
1. How did Aphrodite love
2. How did Adonis die?
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