Contrasting Apollo And Dionysus Essay

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it's from a humanities class, part of the 6000 word requirement -In Greek mythology, Apollo and Dionysus are nearly opposites of one another,and as with many opposites, life would not operate just quite right without both of them.They each played a specific role for the Greeks. They had very different things associatedwith them.Apollo was often associated with logic and the power of the mind. He wasbasically in charge of the Work section of the people. Logic is something the Greeks usedoften, and when they didn't, things often happened for the worst. He is also associatedwith intellect. The followers of Apollo would consist of those who strongly believed in thethings he was thought to control. These people would believe in logic, they would believein reason, and they would also pay attention to the power of the human mind. Anotherthing Apollo is associated with is music, so he would also be worshipped by music lovers.Apollo is worshipped in religion to provide his followers with logical thought and agood intellect. As for Greek thought, he was also very in control of this. The Oracle atDelphi, mentioned in, but not only in, Sophocles' Oedipus Rex. The Oracle was there tobestow knowledge from Apollo onto those who came to it. Another reason people lookedto Apollo was to help heal the sick and the dying, because he is associated with medicine,probably because of his vast knowledge.Dionysus, on the other hand, represents the Play side of life. He is the god ofemotions, the god of wine, and also the god of fertility. Some things attributed toDionysus are...

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