In Greek mythology, Adonis was a young and handsome mortal prince, known for his beauty and his tragic love story with the goddess Aphrodite. He was the son of the incestuous union between the King of Syria, Theias, and his daughter Myrrha.
Adonis was often depicted as a young man with golden hair and a well-muscled physique, and was considered the embodiment of physical beauty and youthful vitality. According to the myths, Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, fell deeply in love with Adonis and swore to protect him, but despite her efforts, he was killed in a tragic hunting accident.
His death was said to have caused Aphrodite great grief and sorrow, and she was said to have mourned for him every year, causing the flowers to wilt and die. Adonis’ death was also said to have been the reason for the creation of the anemone flower, which was said to have sprouted from his blood.
Adonis was not only known as a beautiful mortal, but also as a symbol of the cyclical nature of life, death, and rebirth, as his death was followed by his resurrection in the form of the anemone flower.