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See also: [Dionysis] (as contrast to Apollo)
[Delphi] (oracle under the protection of Apollo)
[gods] (in literature)
[Greek drama] (theatre)
aka: Phooibos ??
According to Greek mythology, Apollo was the son of Zeus (king of
the Greek Gods). He drove a firey chariot across the sky with the
sun itself as the "passenger". According to the literary tradition
of the Greeks, due to his exact and repetitive act each day, he
was considered the symbol of both truth and light. That is, the
truth which does not vary, and the light of the day.
In Greek traditions of literature, Apollo was to be contrasted by
Dionysis who represented, the creative (varying) spirit. Thus, as
well the two natures of man were seen in this way: Apollo the grounded
individual adhering to the laws and customs, and Dionysis who was of
a more mercurial (changing) nature, and celebrating the chaos of life.