The myth of Aphrodite and Adonis
Firstly,Aphrodite was a female character born
in Cyprus.Well not exactly born because as
the story goes she was emerged from the
foams of the sea at a certain place called
Petra tou Romiou(a rock).She was a beautiful
woman and that’s why she was also called
“Goddess of love and beauty’’, “Cypria” and
Adonis was a handsome young and an
Aphrodite's lover.His father was the King
Cinyrus of Cyprus and his mother was
Princess Myrrha(or Smyrna),the daughter of
According to the myth:
The myth of Aphrodite and Adonis is one of
the most popular myths.This myth is a classic
myth about beauty and love.There are two
versions of these myth.The first version refers
to Adonis early years and the second to
Adonis death and the Aphrodites’ role in it.
The first version involves Adoni’s parents and is a story
of love,beauty and jealousy.As i said before Adonis’s
mother was the beautiful princess Smyrna and his dad
the King Cinyrus,who was actually Smyrnas’s
father.This strange parentage of Adonis came because
Aphrodite was jealous of Smyrnas beauty so and
caused the girl to unite with her own father.
In the other version of the myth of Aphrodite and Adonis, when Ares, the God of War and Aphrodite’s
husband,hears that Aphrodite loves the youth Adonis, got really jealous and decided to take revenge.
Aphrodite was chasing Adonis to mate with him, but Adonis was more interested in hunting.Then Aphrodite
begged Adonis to give up the dangerous sports he enjoyed because she could not bear to lose him,
knowing that the young man would have a terrible end,but Adonis ignored her advice and was killed while
hunting by a wild boar, that was actually God Ares.
When Adonis died, Aphrodite heard his cries and hastened to his side in her swan-drawn chariot. She
cursed the Fates and Ares that had ordained his death. With Adonis still in her hag, Aphrodite turned the
blood drops that fell from his wounds onto the soil into windflowers as a memorial to their love.
Anemones sprung from the blood of Adonis and his spirit returned to the underworld.In
response to the tearful goddess, Zeus determined that Adonis should stay just for
the half of the year in the Underworld.
After his death and resurrection,he was worshiped as the God of grain crops.
What have you learned?
4. As the 2nd version says that Adonis was interested in...
6. This classic myth is about the beauty and....
1. Whose father was the King Cinyrus?
2. A female character born in Cyprus?
3. How did God Ares transform in order kill Adonis?
5. Adonis get killed by..