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The River Adonis (1)

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03 Religious festivals, cults, rituals and practices

03 Religious festivals, cults, rituals and practices

2nd century CE
Roman Empire
Helleno-Roman philosophers and scholars

pseudo-Lucian, De Dea Syria 8:
There is another marvel in the land of Byblos. A river from Mount Lebanon empties into the sea. Adonis is the name given to the river. Each year the river becomes blood red and, having changed its colour, flows into the sea and reddens a large part of it, giving a signal for lamentations to the inhabitants of Byblos. They tell the story that on these days Adonis is being wounded up on Mount Lebanon and his blood, as it goes into the water, alters the river and gives the stream its name.

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pseudo-Lucian, De Dea Syria 8


Attridge and Oden 1976Attridge, H. W. and R. A. Oden. The Syrian Goddess (De Dea Syria), Attributed to Lucian. Graeco-Roman Religion 1. Missoula: Scholars Press for the Society of Biblical Literature 1976.

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