[Apoll. 3.14.3] Cinyras
[the son of Paphos the son of Pygmalion the son of Belus] in Cyprus,
whither he had come with some people, founded Paphos;
[Cinyras had a daughter called Smyrna and] in consequence of the wrath of
Aphrodite, for she did not honor the goddess, this Smyrna conceived a
passion for her father, and with the complicity of her nurse she shared her
father's bed without his knowledge for twelve nights. But when he was aware
of it, he drew his sword and pursued her, and being overtaken she prayed to
the gods that she might be invisible; so the gods in compassion turned her
into the tree which they call smyrna (myrrh). Ten months afterwards the
tree burst and Adonis, as he is called, was born.
[Apoll. 3.14.4] And
Adonis, while still a boy, was wounded and killed in hunting by a boar
through the anger of Artemis.
Panyasis says that [Adonis] was a son of Thias, king of Assyria, who had a
daughter Smyrna. Hesiod however, affirms that he was a son of Phoenix (1437
BC) and Alphesiboea whom for the sake of his beauty, while he was still an
infant, Aphrodite hid in a chest unknown to the gods and entrusted to
Persephone. But when Persephone beheld him, she would not give him back.
The case being tried before Zeus, the year was divided into three parts,
and the god ordained that Adonis should stay by himself for one part of the
year, with Persephone for one part, and with Aphrodite for the remainder.
However Adonis made over to Aphrodite his own share in addition; but afterwards
in hunting he was gored and killed by a boar.
[Paus. 8.4.4] [Apoll.
3.9.1] Elatus had all the power and got Mount Cyllene, which down to that
time had received no name. Afterwards Elatus migrated to what is now called
Phocis, helped the Phocians when hard pressed in war by the Phlegyans, and
became the founder of the city Elateia.
It is said that Azan
had a son Cleitor, Apheidas a son Aleus and a daughter Stheneboea, who was
married to Proetus, and that Elatus had five sons, Aepytus, Pereus, Cyllen,
Ischys, and Stymphalus by Laodice, daughter of Cinyras.
[Apoll. 3.14.3] Herse [the
daughter of Cecrops the earthborn king of Athens] had by Hermes a son
Cephalus, whom Dawn loved and carried off, and consorting with him in Syria
bore a son Tithonus, who had a son Phaethon, who had a son Astynous, who
had a son Sandocus, who passed from Syria to Cilicia and founded a city
Celenderis, and having married Pharnace, daughter of Megassares, king of
Hyria, begat Cinyras. Cinyras in Cyprus having there married Metharme, daughter of
Pygmalion, king of Cyprus, he begat Oxyporus and Adonis, and besides them
daughters, Orsedice, Laogore, and Braesia. These by reason of the wrath of
Aphrodite cohabited with foreigners, and ended their life in Egypt.
[Apoll. E3.9] Menelaus
went with Odysseus and Talthybius to Cinyras in Cyprus and tried to
persuade him to join the allies. He made a present of breastplates to the
absent Agamemnon, and swore he would send fifty ships, but he sent only
one, commanded by the son of Mygdalion, and the rest he moulded out of
earth and launched them in the sea.