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n. Greek Mythology
A Phrygian man, the consort of Cybele, whom the goddess out of sexual jealousy drove mad, whereupon he castrated himself and died.

[Greek Attis, of Phrygian origin.]


(Classical Myth & Legend) 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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Lastly, in an often melancholy season of retrospection, commemoration and mourning, it was particularly fitting that William Christie's company, Les Arts Florissants, reperformed its revival of Jean-Baptiste Lully's Atys at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last March.