Contrasting Apollo & Dionysus
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 associated with them.
Apollo was often associated with logic and the power of the mind. He was
basically in charge of the Work section of the people. Logic is something the
Greeks used often, and when they didn't, things often happened for the worst. He
is also associated with intellect. The followers of Apollo would consist of
those who strongly believed in the things he was thought to control. These
people would believe in logic, they would believe in reason, and they would
also pay attention to the power of the human mind. Another thing 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 a good intellect. As for Greek thought, he was also very in control
of this. The Oracle at Delphi, mentioned in, but not only in, Sophocles'
Oedipus Rex. The Oracle was there to bestow knowledge from Apollo onto those who
came to it. Another reason people looked to Apollo was to help heal the sick and
the dying, because he is associated with medicine, probably because of his vast
Dionysus, on the other hand, represents the Play side of life. He is the
god of emotions, the god of wine, and also the god of fertility. Some things
attributed to Dionysus are...