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Greek Gods and Goddess: Phyllis

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Introduction to Phyllis

The ancient Greek Gods and Goddess contain a wealth of stories and legends, wrapped in Myths which typically provide a story with a morale code designed to influence the reader into behaviour as fitting Greek culture of the era.

In this article, we look at Phyllis and the myths and legends surrounding Phyllis, Phyllis relationship to and with other Greek Gods and Goddess and key events and stories which relate to ancient astrology and the changing seasons.

About Phyllis

Was a mythical Thracian princess who fell in love a son of Theseus, named Acamas [unwearying] who left to fight in the war against Troy. When the war ended and the fleet returned, there was no sign Acamas' ship, for it had been delayed due to a leak. At a place called the port of Enneodos she would watch out for any sign of his ship, but after nine fruitless visits she died of grief. Athena who had been watching at seeing her demise turned her into an almond tree, when Acamas finally arrived a day later and found out what had happened he went to the tree and embraced her rough bark, the tree sensing his fond caresses suddenly burst into flower, not leaf as most trees and ever since then almond trees have burst into flower before bearing any leaves. In the yearly festival in their honour the Athenians dance in a ring around the almond trees, to encourage them to flower and bring a plentiful harvest of nuts. See also under Laodice, the daughter of Priam, which is almost the same story, very odd?

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