Apollo: Origins and Influence

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Apollo has been labeled the most "Greek" of the Greek gods. His handsome, beardless face and youthful, athletic torso have been associated with the male figures idealized by the ancient Greeks, and his association with the Muses allowed Roman, Renaissance, and Baroque artists to call on him for poetic inspiration. Yet because he was associated with so many elements - as god of the sun, of music, of medicine, of prophecy, of archery, and of flocks of sheep as well as of their adversaries, wolves - Apollo's essence...
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Apollo has been labeled the most "Greek" of the Greek gods. His handsome, beardless face and youthful, athletic torso have been associated with the male figures idealized by the ancient Greeks, and his association with the Muses allowed Roman, Renaissance, and Baroque artists to call on him for poetic inspiration. Yet because he was associated with so many elements - as god of the sun, of music, of medicine, of prophecy, of archery, and of flocks of sheep as well as of their adversaries, wolves - Apollo's essence and origins have been difficult to uncover. This volume gathers diverse views of Apollo's origins and his far-reaching influences. It provides a fresh, multifaceted portrait of Apollo through essays that explore such topics as the etymology of his name, his association with religious cults and sacred groves, his appearances in Greco-Roman literature, and his iconography in the visual arts. Also included are bibliographies of ancient and modern sources.
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Solomon (classics, U. of Arizona) gathers diverse views of Apollo's origins and influences and provides a multifaceted portrait of the Greek god through essays exploring such topics as the etymology of his name, his association with religious cults and sacred groves, his appearances in Greco-Roman literature, and his iconography in the visual arts. Includes bibliographies of ancient and modern sources. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780816513895
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1994
  • Pages: 190

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Pt. A The Essence of Apollo 1
1 The Name of Apollo: Etymology and Essence 3
2 Sacred Groves and the Nature of Apollo 9
Pt. B Apollo in Early Greek Poetry 21
3 Tendenz and Olympian Propaganda in the Homeric Hymn to Apollo 23
4 Apollo and the Lyre 37
Pt. C Expressions of Apolline Imagery 47
5 Olbia and Apollo of Didyma: A New Oracle Text 49
6 The Terrible Twins in Sixth-Century Attic Art 61
7 Apollo in Greek Tragedy: Orestes and the God of Initiation 81
Pt. D Apollo Among the Romans 97
8 Virgil Apollo and Augustus 99
9 Apollo: Cult and Prophesy In Ovid, Lucan, and Statius 113
Notes 135
Ancient Sources 165
Modern Sources 171
List of Contributors 187
Index 189
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