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Open Access Modern Mythologies: “Dionysos” Versus “Apollo”

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Modern Mythologies: “Dionysos” Versus “Apollo”

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In modern culture, Apollo and Dionysos are the best known Greek Gods, usually considered as opposite and complementary. By subterranean routes, this idea continues to influence Classical scholarship even though it belongs to the modern rather than to ancient mythology of Dionysos. This chapter determines whether, and to what extent, the modern myth rests on historical realities of antiquity. Since there is growing evidence that the myth of the Apolline and the Dionysian is modern, we must ask what the irreducible historical nucleus of this “genial mistake” is. It would be premature to answer this question today. The few recent contributions on Apollo and Dionysos show that there are real connections between the modern myth and ancient tradition, but they still await adequate interpretation.

Keywords: ancient tradition; antiquity; Apollo; Classical scholarship; Dionysos; Greek Gods; modern myth



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