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The Real Apollo Day

Celebrate on February 4th and honor the real Apollo.
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Have you ever wanted to look back to a time when the world seemed a simpler place, when people were able to think clearly and precisely? Are you tired of Dionysus usurping the shrine at Delphi during the winter months? Would you like to celebrate our Western Herritage without being labeled a nutty pagan? Would you like to impress a classics professor?

Then celebrate Apollo's return from the Hyperboreans on Feb 4th. He's paid 9 years of penance for the blood guilt of murdering the python, and now it's time to welcome him back into the Olympian fold. Celebrations would include musical and poetic contests, along with a ritual cleaning of the cult image (which would have to be made) at Delphi.

If they can build a mock Parthenon in Tennessee, then by god, the rest of us can do something silly too.

zorrac555, Apr 26 2001

(?) "Vomitorium?" http://omega.cohums.../99-05-01/0252.html
This idea that the better sort of Roman / classical home had a special room for throwing up called a "vomitorium" is, incidentally, not true. Not that it's necessarily what nick_n_nuit was talking about.

(To the Romans, a vomitorium was an exit.) [Monkfish, Apr 26 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Apollo the rapist? http://www.arts.cuh...n/Euripides/ion.eur
[Monkfish, Apr 26 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Or Apollo the plague-bringer / biological warfare specialist? http://classics.mit...omer/iliad.1.i.html
[Monkfish, Apr 26 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]


       Ah the good old days. Slavery, poor hygiene, regular wars against the Persians...
sirrobin, Apr 26 2001

       Hey--Greek slaves were part of the family. Don't confuse their practice with the more distasteful types. As for health and hygene--it took the rest of the world about 2,000 years to catch up to the Greeks.   

       So there.
zorrac555, Apr 26 2001

       Slavery is still slavery, and the Athenians were pretty much your basic oppressors with respect to other nations. We shouldn't be too overwhelmingly worshipful.
egnor, Apr 28 2001

       College drinking-binge-parties could be augmented with vomitoriums.
nick_n_uit, Apr 28 2001


       1. Hegemony is not slavery. And Apollo isn't associated with Athens--that's Athena. Blame her. Or Hephaestus who shot his load in Attica.   

       2. Apollo in Euripides' Ion has the preservation of the autochthonous line of Athens in mind--though it is a valid argument that he, in his plans, failed to account for the weakness of mortal reason. By the end of the play, Cresua was pretty pleased about her "rape".   

       3. Bio-warfare? Dude, Agamemnon stole the guy's daughter.   

       Nietzsche didn't like Apollo. But he was weird.   

       And Daphne had it coming.
zorrac555, Apr 29 2001

       Somebody has a Greek mythology fetish
globaltourniquet, Apr 29 2001


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