Adonis

George Athas gathas at mail.usyd.edu.au
Tue May 11 19:24:25 EDT 1999


peter_kirk at SIL.ORG wrote:

> >From "The Greek Myths" by Robert Graves (Penguin 1960):
>
> "Adonis (Phoenician: adon 'lord') is a Greek version of the Syrian
> demi-god Tammuz, the spirit of annual vegetation... the Adonia, a
> mourning festival in honour of Tammuz, was held at Byblus every
> spring."
>
> See also Ezekiel 8:14: mourning for Tammuz reached Jerusalem also, and
> was condemned as idolatry.

Thanks Peter. A query though: Why the very semitic looking "Adonis" in Greek, but "Tammuz" in
Semitic? Should we perhaps be talking about Lord Tammuz?

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