Hyacinthus Amyclae, dilectus ab Apolline, cum per iocum in certamen disci venisset, altius iactum pondus non prius despicere potuist, quam capiti sensit iniectum; quo eliso post obitum eius cruor in florem eius nomine inscriptum accessit.
--Lactantius Placidus, Qui dicitur Narrationes Fabularum Ovidianarum Liber 10.5
Hyacinthus of Amyclae. Apollo loved him. When he playfully challenged him to a contest with a discuss. Hyacinthus didn’t notice the discus coming at him until it struck him on the head. After he died, Apollo transformed his blood into a flower that bears his name (the hyacinth).
Name: Lactantius Placidus
Date: 5th or 6th century CE
Works: Abridgement of Ovids’ Metamorphoses
Commentary on Statius’ Thebaid
Little is known about this Christian author, but he is known for his commentary on Statius’ Thebaid and an abridgement of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
LATE LATIN / BYZANTINE