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Apollo : Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World - Fritz Graf


Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

Paperback Published: 11th December 2008
ISBN: 9780415317115
Number Of Pages: 190

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Fritz Graf here presents a survey of a god once thought of as the most powerful of gods, and capable of great wrath should he be crossed: Apollo the sun god.

From his first attestations in Homer, through the complex question of pre-Homeric Apollo, to the opposition between Apollo and Dionysos in nineteenth and twentieth-century thinking, Graf examines Greek religion and myth to provide a full account of Apollo in the ancient world.

For students of Greek religion and culture, of myth and legend, and in the fields of art and literature, Apollo will provide an informative and enlightening introduction to this powerful figure from the past.

Series forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
List of illustrationsp. xvii
Why Apollo?p. 1
Introduction: Why Write A Book On A God?p. 3
Key Themesp. 7
Apollo In Homerp. 9
The god of the Iliadp. 9
Archer, killer, and healerp. 14
Festivals and sanctuaries of Apollop. 19
The Homeric Hymn to Apollop. 25
Summaryp. 32
Apollo The Musicianp. 33
The bow and the lyrep. 33
Mousik&ebar; and Archaic Greek societyp. 34
Lyre and flutep. 37
Apollo leader of the Musesp. 39
The paeanp. 41
Divine poets and inspired menp. 45
Pythagoras and shamanismp. 48
Apollo Citharoedusp. 50
Summaryp. 51
Oracular Apollop. 52
Apollo's divinationp. 54
The history of the three major oracles of Apollop. 56
Methods of divinationp. 62
The prophets of Apollop. 64
Other prophets: Cassandra, Helenus, the Sibylp. 75
Summaryp. 78
Apollo, God Of Healingp. 79
Gods and epidemicsp. 79
Apollo (and) Paeon/Paeanp. 81
Other forms of Healing Apollop. 84
From Greece to Italyp. 86
A healer among barbariansp. 90
Apollo averter of evilp. 91
Apollo and Asclepiusp. 94
Concepts of healingp. 98
Summaryp. 101
Apollo, The Young, And The Cityp. 103
The young god and the young men, 1: cutting one's hairp. 103
The young god and the young men, 2: a hapless loverp. 105
Groups and institutionsp. 106
Ancestral Apollop. 108
Apollo Delphiniosp. 109
Molpoi and Curetesp. 110
Apollo, initiation, and "Männerbund"p. 112
Archaic institutions in Ionia and Cretep. 113
Spartan festivals and the adolescentsp. 116
Wolf-Apollo, the Dorian invasion, and the early cityp. 120
Apollo the herdsman and tricky frames of referencep. 122
Apollo the leader through the agesp. 124
Summaryp. 128
Originsp. 130
The quest for originsp. 130
Apollo's prehistoriesp. 134
Mycenaean antecedentsp. 139
Near Eastern influencesp. 139
Summaryp. 142
Apollo Afterwardsp. 143
Apollo's Flourishing Aftermathp. 145
Late antique allegory and other learned interpretationsp. 146
Apollo the sunp. 151
Medieval and Renaissance interpretersp. 153
The dawn of modern scholarshipp. 158
Apollo, god of poetryp. 159
Apollo and Dionysusp. 169
Apollo, art, and archaeologyp. 172
Summaryp. 176
Epiloguep. 179
Further Readingp. 181
Indexp. 186
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ISBN: 9780415317115
ISBN-10: 0415317118
Series: Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 190
Published: 11th December 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.08 x 13.72  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1