Picture of Adonis and
The Myth of
The mythical story of Adonis
by Lilian Stoughton Hyde
The Myth of Adonis
Adonis was young, gentle, and very
beautiful. All things loved him. Flowers
sprang up under his feet, and bees and
butterflies fluttered around him. When he
went out hunting in the forest with his
Venus, the goddess of beauty, used
to follow him at a distance, keeping within
the shadows. She trembled lest some accident
should befall him, for she knew that the
forest was full of wolves, panthers, and
other beasts even more dangerous.
Mars, the cruel war-god, hated all gentle
and beautiful things, and he hated Adonis
worst of all. One day he sent an ugly wild
boar, with his great sharp tusks, to attack
A few hours later Venus found Adonis,
wounded and dying, with the bright blood
falling in drops from his side. She bent
over him, her tears falling with the drops
of blood. As Venus's tears touched the
ground, they were changed to wind-flowers,
while every drop of blood that fell from the
wound of Adonis became a red rose.
When bright Adonis went down to the dark
Underworld, all things on earth mourned for
him. The flowers faded in the fields, the
trees cast down their leaves, the dolphins
wept near the shore, and the nightingales
sang the saddest songs they knew. The
cried, "Woe, woe for Adonis! He hath
perished, the lovely Adonis!" And Echo, from
the dark forests where the youth had so
often hunted, answered, "He hath perished,
the lovely Adonis!"
said that Adonis should
return, and that he should spend at least
one-half of his time in the upper world and
the other half in the underworld. So the
Hours brought him back.
Then the flowers sprang up again, the trees
put forth new leaves, and all became
light-hearted and happy once more.
The Legend and Myth of Adonis
The Myth of Adonis
The story of Adonis is featured in the book
entitled Favorite Greek Myths by Lilian
Stoughton Hyde, published in 1904 by D. C.
Heath and Company.