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  1. classical myth a youth of Phrygia, loved by the goddess Cybele. In a jealous passion she caused him to go mad, whereupon he castrated himself and died
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Examples from the Web for attis

Historical Examples

  • They were very similar to those of Attis, with whom he was frequently confounded.

    The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism

    Franz Cumont

  • Of Attis we have only late accounts, and do not know his early history.

  • The violet sprang from the blood of Attis when Cybele changed him into a pine-tree.

    The Sacred Tree

    J. H. Philpot

  • Finally, the resurrection or epiphany of the god Attis was celebrated.

  • How vivid is the picture of the rising sun and of early morning in the Attis, 39-41.

    Ephemera Critica

    John Churton Collins