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Hyacinthus, Greek vegetation god, was an ancient pre-Homeric deity known particularly from Amylari (pre-Dorian seat of the kingship at Sparta). He was loved by Apollo, who accidentally kills him with a discus and in grief changes his friend's body into the hyacinth. At Amylari a bronze statue stands on an altar-like pedestal thought to be the grave of Hyacinthus, and prior to offerings made to Apollo, offerings given to Hyacinthus are passed through a bronze door in the pedestal. A.G.H.
Grimal, Pierre, Larousse World Mythology, Secaucus,
New Jersey, Chartwell Books, 1965, pp. 121-125
Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 110