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Apollonius Ascension

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The final chapters of the "Life of Apollonius" (VIII 29-31) deal with the end of the protagonist's earthly existence. This chapter discusses two topics relating to the end of the earthly existence of the protagonist of the Life. The first of these is the claim of bodily ascension itself, explicit in the Cretan version of the sage's demise but already implied in the Lindian version.The second is the question why the stories about Apollonius' miraculous departure from life are situated in sanctuaries of the goddesses Athena and Dictynna on Rhodes and Crete respectively. The focus of the chapter is on the stories of Apollonius' ascension from the temple of Dictynna on Crete, as told by Philostratus. However, an attempt to understand their meaning is already enough of a challenge without drawing in the pre-Philostratean Apollonius.

Keywords: Life of Apollonius; goddess Athena; Philostratus; temple of Dictynna



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