Flowers in Greek mythology have various symbols behind their existence. It’s no surprise that so many myths had thrived around them. From love, passion, to purity, flowers have been used to symbolize something in many tales. Particularly, both Roman and Greek mythology exploits flowers frequently because of their ancient gods’ habit bequeathed to people.
As time goes by, these myths are still alive in modern flowers until now. Each flower has associated with various myths. For instance, Eros who is believed as God of Love Cupid is portrayed to always bringing roses. Thus, we remain using the rose as a symbol of love.
Anyone may see flower bouquets as a gift is a sign of affection, gratitude, or accomplishment. However, there is probably more than that. Below, you’ll know the floral myth in detail and the symbolism of each flower you received.
There are many kinds of flowers in this world. Each flowers has its own beauty and characteristics. And flowers actually have its own story, even from the old times. So, what kind of flower stories that based on Greek Mythology? Check this out!
Paeon is well known as a healer because they working under the instruction of Asclepius, the God of medicine. They also healing the wounds of Gods Hades and Ares. But, Ascelpius become jealous of his student and threatened to kill him . Then, Zeus, the king of the Gods, stepped in with an act of divine intervention to save Paeon by transforming him into a peony flower.The myth of Paeon actually have some basis in reality, because the peony was used for a variety of medicinal and health purposes in ancient times, including for pregnant women.
The Greek myth of the sunflower began with the story of the nymph Clytie who is consumed love for the sun God Helios. But unfortunately, Helios is more interested in her sister, Leucothoe. Because of that, Clytie tells their father about her sister’s affair with the God, by burying Leucothoe alive. Strangely, this kind of action help Clytie to win Helios’ affections. He continues to spurn her and let her strips naked while sitting on a rock for nine days doing nothing but staring at the sun. Without food or water, she slowly being wasted away and turns into the heliotrope (aka turnsole or sunflower).
The hellebore or more well known as Christmas rose, was used by the ancients for a variety of medicinal purposes, such as treating paralysis, gout and insanity. And in one particular legend, it was also used to cure the madness of the daughters of the King of Argos. Being cursed by Dionysus, the God of wine, many of the poor women of Argos are rampaging naked around the streets. They also crying and screaming, most likely on a Saturday night around the town centres. Fortunately, a renowned soothsayer and animal talker called Melampus of Pylos turns up bearing a good supply of hellebores, which he used to help cure the women of their malaise. Lastly, a happy ending comes for our heroes of Greek legend. For his gratitude, Malampus is allowed to take a third of the goods of the city of Argos.