In modern parlance Adonis (the more common spelling of the name) refers to a handsome, irresistible and sometimes terribly vain man. In ancient Greek and Roman mythology Adonis was originally the most beautiful mortal man ever born. The object of desire for both the goddesses Persephone and Aphrodite, Adonis spends four months of the year with each goddess and four months to himself thereby copying the passage of the seasons. He thus inextricably becomes linked to the cycle of life, death and rebirth. The passage from rebirth to life to death is followed by Apollo in this story, although his final passing seems to have no hope for resurrection. Interestingly considering his influence over Carolyn Palamas, Adonis was also the central figure in a cult whose adherents were all women.
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