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(ăp'əlō`nēəs), in the books of the Maccabees. 1 Governor of Coele-Syria and Phoenicia for Seleucus IV. He oppressed the Jews and was killed by Judas Maccabaeus. 2 Governor of Coele-Syria under Alexander Balas.
The young Caesar was sailing to Rhodes to improve his rhetorical skills under the tutelage of the legendary Appolonius Molo, a noted philosopher and rhetorician.
Appolonius, it is said, spoke no Latin, but he was so impressed with both Cicero's command of Greek and with the young man's rhetorical ability that he allegedly told him: "You have my praise and admiration, Cicero, and Greece my pity and commiseration, since those arts and that eloquence which are the only glories that remain to her, will now be transferred by you to Rome.
A world traveler, the wandering magus figure, like Prospero or Pericles, modeled on Gower's Appolonius of Tyre, Egeon is encoded primarily within a schema of the junctural emotion of a hapless, hopeless woe.