How vivid is the picture of the rising sun and of early morning in the attis, 39-41.
They were very similar to those of attis, with whom he was frequently confounded.
My translation of the attis will best show my own feeling in the matter.
The violet sprang from the blood of attis when Cybele changed him into a pine-tree.
Of attis we have only late accounts, and do not know his early history.
As the author of the attis Catullus stands alone among poets.
Akin to Adonis is the god attis, who likewise, according to one version of his myth, is slain by a boar.
Catullus has written a celebrated poem (Carmen 63) on the subject of attis.
It describes the madness of the youth attis, who mutilates himself and gives himself up to the service of the goddess Cybele.
Adonis was killed by the boar, the sacred animal of Aphrodite; attis, the lover of Kybele, died of castration.