ABSTRACT

It is said that from the day of his very birth he was loved, admired, and desired, as he was the most beautiful of young men. He was fought over, murdered by one jealous of his beauty and the affections he inspired in others, then brought back to life by the pleadings of the gods themselves. His appearance in spring and summer was said to make the land grow warm and fertile, but his departure to the underworld in autumn and winter each year brought coldness and death.