Bitter Almonds

Hyacinthus was a beautiful boy from Amyclae (near Sparta) who was loved by the god Apollo.  According to the usual story, Apollo killed him accidentally with a discus throw – misdirected, deflected, or diverted by a jealous rival (Zephyrus, the west wind); this was the foundation myth of the important Spartan festival of the Hyacinthia.  … Continue reading Bitter Almonds