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Title: Adonis
Contributor(s): Dillon, Matthew P (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2016
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Abstract: The celebration of Adonis's rites by women on rooftops in ancient Greece reflects CANAANITE religious practices, but to what extent the Greek cult was Eastern is indeterminate. Adonis was APHRODITE's beloved; when he was slain by a boar, she laid him in a bed of lettuce. He was worshipped by Greek women from at least the sixth century BCE, his rites centering on ritual laments, breast-beating and rending of their clothes to mark his death; this was a private cult not sanctioned by the state.
Publication Type: Entry In Reference Work
Source of Publication: The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, p. 14-14
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: New York, United States of America
ISBN: 9780415831970
Field of Research (FOR): 210306 Classical Greek and Roman History
HERDC Category Description: N Entry In Reference Work
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