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Notebook, 1993-

ANCIENT GREEK CULTURE

[From: Kyriazis, Constantine D. Eternal Greece. Translated by Harry T. Hionides. A Chat Publication.]

Asclepios - Atlas - Boreas - Charites - Cybele - Dryads - Eos - Erinyes - Eros - Gaea - Gigantes - Gorgons - Hades - Harpies - Hebe - Helios - Hermaphroditus - Hestia - Horae - Iris - Kronos - Maenads - Moirai - Muses - Naiads - Nereids - Nereus - Nymphs - Oceanides - Oceanos - Pan - Persephone - Priapus - Prometheus - Rhea - Satyrs - Seilenoi - Seilenos - Selene - Themis - Thetis - Triton - Zephyros

Seilenos

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The son of Pan and a wood nymph, but according to another version, of Apollo, he was a nurse and mentor to Dionysos. The Greeks believed him to be a sage and that he possessed the power of prophecy only when in an intoxicated state. It is for this reason people would attempt to capture him and intoxicate him with wine in order to learn the course of future events. Seilenos foretold the capture of king Midas, and on the Acropolis of Athens there was a rock on which Seilenos had reputedly sat when visiting Athens in the company of Dionysos. In Elis, in the Peloponnese, there existed a temple of the deity containing his statue which Methe [or intoxication] is depicted as proffering him a cup full of wine. He was also worshipped in Malea. At a later date, the Greeks believed that Staphylos, the first to mix wine with water, was the son of Seilenos. [p. 54]

[Kyriazis, Constantine D. Eternal Greece. Translated by Harry T. Hionides. A Chat Publication.]




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