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Hyacinthus



A rather important story because it represents one of the first significant tales of homosexual love-and how it was not necessarily scorned in ancient Greek culture.

Hyacinthus was an exceptionally handsome young man who excited the love of both Apollo and Zephyrus, god of the west wind. Hyacinthus professed his love for Apollo, and the jealous Zephyrus raised his winds so that a discus thrown by Apollo killed the youth.

Heartbroken, Apollo had the hyacinth bloom where the young man died.




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