Upon my word, Basil, I didn’t know you were so vain; and I really can’t see any resemblance between you, with your rugged strong face and your coal-black hair, and this young Adonis, who looks as if he was made out of ivory and rose-leaves.
I had drawn you as Paris in dainty armour, and as Adonis with huntsman’s cloak and polished boar-spear.
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When Adonis died Zeus decreed that he should spend winters in the underworld with Persephone and spend summers with Aphrodite.
By the way, December 25 is also the birthday of Osiris, Adonis, and Dionysus.