Wednesday, November 3, 2021

M/M: The Story of Hyacinthus, Vatican Mythographers II.208

 Hyacinthus puer adamatus est tam a Borea quam ab Apolline. Qui cum magis Apollinis amore laetaretur, dum exerceretur disco, ab irato Borea eodem disco est interemptus, in florem sui nominis mutatus. Hic autem flos rubet, quasi lilium designans primam Hyakinthou literam.

--Vatican Mythographers II.208

Hyacinth was loved by both Boreas and Apollo, but he enjoyed Apollo’s affection more. While he was training, he was killed by his own discus by a spiteful Boreas. He was changed into a flower named after him. This flower is reddish, a type of lily but it spells the first letter of Hyacinth’s 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

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