Saturday, August 27, 2022

M/M: Apollo and Hyacinthus. Lactantius Placidus, Narr. 10.5

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



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 this Christian author, but he is known for his commentary on Statius’ Thebaid and an abridgement of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.


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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