Death of Adonis Bouquet of Persephone
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836–1912) - The Roses of Heliogabalus
DEATH OF ADONIS
Aphrodite compelled Myrrha (or Smyrna) to commit incest with Theias, her father, the king of Assyria. Her nurse helped her with this trickery to become pregnant, and when Theias discovered this he chased her with a knife. To avoid his wrath the gods turned her into a myrrh tree. The tree later burst open, allowing Adonis to emerge.
Adonis was fatally wounded by a wild boar, said to be caused by Artemis. In some versions his death was caused not by Artemis, but by Aphrodite's lover, Ares, who was jealous of Adonis. Apollo is also said to be responsible because his son, Erymanthus, had seen Aphrodite naked and she blinded him for it.
The story of Adonis provides a basis for the origin of myrrh and the origin of the rose, which grew from each drop of blood that fell.
Bere jaiotza berezia izan zen oso: Mirra Theias bere aitarekin oheratu zen, eta aita konturatu zenean, labana eskuan jarraitzen hasi zen. Mendekua ekiditzeko, jainkoek mirra bihurtu zuten Mirra (hortik beraz bere izena). Geroago mirra zuhaitzetik Adonis jaio zen.
Basurde batek Adonis larri zauritu zuen. Bertsio batzuek diote Artemis izan zela erruduna, beste batzuek Ares. Jainko hau jeloskor zegoen Adonisekin. beste batzuetan esaten da Apolo izan zela erruduna, Erimantok, bere semeak, Afrodita jainkosa ikusi zuelako biluzik.
Dena den, Adonisen heriotzean aurki dezakegu larrosaren jatorria: Adonisen gorputzetik zerion odol tantek sorrarazi zuten arrosa lorea.