Monday, November 11, 2019

M/M: Beloved by the Gods: Hyacinthus, Vat. Myth. I.115

Et Iacinthum amatum tam a Borea quam ab Apolline, qui cum magis Apollinis amore letaretur, dum exerceretur disco, ab irato Borea eodem disco est interemptus et mutatus in florem nominis <sui> 

--Vat. Mythog. I.115

Hyacinthus was loved by both Boreas and Apollo, but loved Apollo more. Angered by this slight, Boreas killed Hyacinthus with his own discus while the lad was practicing with it. Hyacinthus was then transformed into a flower bearing his own name.

Name:  ???
Date:  10th c. CE (?)
Works:  Mythographi Vaticani*

Region 1: Peninsular Italy; Region 2: Western Europe; Region 3: Western Coast of Africa; Region 4: Egypt and Eastern Mediterranean; Region 5: Greece and the Balkans

Little is known about the author or origin of the collection of myths known as the Vatican Mythographers, but the work’s first editor Angelo Mai found the collection on a manuscript dating back to the 10th century CE. This volume is a collection of three different mythographers who have assembled various Greco-Roman myths; although many of these myths are basic summaries in Latin, some of them are either analyzed as allegories or compared to Christian thought.  
 LATE LATIN (10th c. CE ?)
Early Roman Lit: through 2nd c BCE: Republican Rome: through 1st c. BCE; Golden Age: 70 BCE to 18 CE; Silver Age: 18 CE to 150 CE; Age of Conflict: 150 CE - 410 CE; Byzantine and Late Latin: after 410 CE