Apollo and Hyacinthus – Greek Mythology
The story of Apollo and Hyacinthus is indeed a tragic
one. Hyacinthus was the son of the King of Sparta and he was beloved by the god
Apollo. Apollo would often leave his shrine in Delphi to go play with his young
friend. Apollo would take him through the woods and up mountain sides, and he
would teach Hyacinthus gymnastics.
One summer afternoon, the two decided to play
discus. Each tried to outdo the other and on Apollo’s turn, he spun with all his
strength and sent the discus higher and higher. Hyacinthus ran to catch it. The
discus fell on the ground but do the forceful throw, it bounced off the ground
and hit Hyacinthus in the head. Hyacinthus fell to the ground as blood fell from
Apollo ran over and picked his friend up onto his
lap. He tried to stop the bleeding but it was no use. Hyacinthus’ eyes lost
their gleam and his body became weaker and weaker. Apollo sobbed over what he
had done as his best friend died in his arms.
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