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Aphrodite an Adonis, Attic reid-feegur aryballos bi Aison, ca. 410 BC, Louvre.

Adonis (Greek: Ἄδωνις) is a divine feegur in Greek meethology. His legend possibly derives frae auncient Canaanite releegion; the auncient Greeks themsels believed him tae be o oriental oreegin.[1]

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  1. Cf. "Adonis", in David Leeming (ed.), The Oxford Companion to World Mythology (Oxford University Press, 2005): "The best known of the Canaanite dying gods was the young spring god Adonai (“my lord”), who was particularly favored by the Phoenicians and also became popular in Greece and Rome as a human with whom Aphrodite/Venus fell in love." Less certain is "Adonis", in Simon Hornblower and Antony Spawforth (eds.), The Oxford Classical Dictionary, 3rd rev. ed. (Oxford University Press, 2005): "Name given by the Greeks to a divine personage whom they thought to be eastern in origin (Semitic Adon=‘Lord’)".