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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Hyacinth is a divine hero from Greek mythology. His cult at Amyclae, southwest of Sparta, where his tumulus was located, in classical times at the feet of Apollo's statue in the sanctuary that had been built round the burial mound, dates from the Mycenaean era The literary myths serve to link him to local cults, and to identify him with Apollo, as the god's eromenos, explaining the cult of Apollo Hyakinthos.

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