View Message

<  >
Subject: Re: Sylbaris and Cyparis
Author: dariusz CYPARSKI   (guest, 80.51.139.18)
Date: March 31, 2004 at 2:06:24 AM
Reply to: Sylbaris and Cyparis by Thijs
latin cypărissŭs = CYPRESSUS - it is a name of CYPRESS tree (CUPRESSUS SEMPERVIRENS), family of this trees had the name CHAMAECYPARIS. In Greek mythology, CYPARISSUS, son of Telephus, was one of Apollo's homosexual lovers. Apollo gave the boy a tame deer as a companion but Cyparissus accidentally killed it with a javelin as it lay sleep in the undergrowth. Cyparissus asked Apollo to let his tears fall forever. Apollo turned the sad boy into a cypress tree, which was said to be a sad tree because the sap forms droplets like tears on the trunk.

simmilar examples:
city CYPARISSIAS (KIPARISSIAS) - greek Κυπαρισσίας
surname Kypar'isşi-Apostolika - Kiparissi-Apostolika
List of Bishops of Sardica.- CYPARA (i.e. CYPARISSUS?) in Achaia

Dariusz CYPARSKI

Because this message is archived you cannot respond to it.

Messages in this thread: