Contrasting Apollo And Dionysus

Essay by Jon SiemonskiUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, September 1996

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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 knowledge.

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 the dithyrambs, or choral hymns, sung for him but the people. This was how

they praised him. Drama...