Cinyras | King of Cyprus

Cinyras Greek Mythology
King Cíniras (in Greek, Κινύρας - Kinuras) of Cyprus, according to Greek mythology, was a son of Sandoco and Pharnace and husband of Metarme, daughter of Pygmaleon. With her, he fathered Adonis and Myrrh, among others. Cinyras is the founder of Paphos.

In other versions, Cyniras and his father, Apollo, organized a musical context to see who was a better musician with a lyre. Cyniras lost and killed himself.

In Cyprus, Cyniras was revered as the creator of the art and of instruments such as the flute.

According to Ovid, Cíniras was a king of Panchaia, a land east of Arabia, and the father of Mirra. When he discovered that he had unwittingly impregnated his daughter, he tried to kill her, but the gods turned Mirra into a tree, from which the baby Adonis was born.

Cyniras was also a priest of the goddess Aphrodite; according to Clement of Alexandria, it was he who deified Aphrodite, a Cypriot prostitute, through orgies. He was a great civilizer of his kingdom where he introduced agriculture, among other activities. He hated wars and refused to get involved in the Trojan War.