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silenus

(sīlē`nəs), in Greek mythology, part bestial and part human creature of the forests and mountains. Part of DionysusDionysus
, in Greek religion and mythology, god of fertility and wine. Legends concerning him are profuse and contradictory. However, he was one of the most important gods of the Greeks and was associated with various religious cults. He was probably in origin a Thracian deity.
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' entourage, the sileni are usually represented as aged satyrs—drunken, jolly, bald, fat, bearded, and possessing horse ears. According to some myths they were prophets; but according to others they were so perpetually stupefied with drink that they were unable to distinguish truth from falsehood. In some legends only one such creature appears, Silenus, described as the oldest of the satyrs, the son of HermesHermes,
in Greek religion and mythology, son of Zeus and Maia. His functions were many, but he was primarily the messenger of the gods, particularly of Zeus, and conductor of souls to Hades.
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, in Greek religion and mythology, pastoral god of fertility. He was worshiped principally in Arcadia, and one legend states that he was the son of Hermes, another Arcadian god. Pan was supposed to make flocks fertile; when he did not, his image was flogged to stimulate him.
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. He was the companion, adviser, or tutor of Dionysus.

Silenus

 

in Greek mythology, the tutor and companion of Dionysus; a merry, good-natured, continually drunken, bald old man with a wineskin. Silenus was depicted in ancient Greek and Roman works of art and in later works, including paintings by Rubens and Van Dyck.

Silenus

one of Bacchus’s retinue; fat, always inebriated. [Gk. Myth.: Hall, 283]

Silenus

knowledgeable tutor of Bacchus. [Rom. Myth.: Daniel, 213]
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a]bout summer when the woods were green and old Silenus on his fat donkey would come to visit them, and sometimes Bacchus himself, and then the streams would run with wine instead of water and the whole forest would give itself up to jollification for weeks on end.
In other words, I will suggest that the example of Alcibiades demonstrates how the tale of erotic ascent is itself hubristic, with the implication, on the one hand, that the dialogue of the Symposium is itself structured like a Silenus in the way that Alcibiades describes Socrates, and, on the other, that the tale of erotic ascent initiates the seduction of the potential philosopher into philosophy, while at the same time pointing to the necessary conversion of eros into philia for the possible unity of happiness and philosophy.
Harrison kombineer Sophokles se karakters Apollo, Silenus, Kyllene, en Hermes met moderne historiese karakters, Bernard P Grenfell en Arthur S Hunt, papiroloe van Oxford wie betrokke was by die argeologiese opgrawings by Oxyrhynchus.
Among the common ectoparasites of goats, warble fly, Przhevalskiana silenus, commonly exists in Pakistan (Shah et al.
Goat grub, Przhevalskiana silenus, belongs to order diptera family oestridae, is economically a very important fly whose larvae are obligatory parasites of their hosts and cause severe damage to the skins and hides and ultimately effecting leather industry.
So I continued: "Indeed, there are only three paintings, as far as I know, with 'grapes' in the title: two of them are from Annibale Carraci's Panels For A Musical Instrument and are called Putto Gathering Grapes and Silenus Gathering Grapes, and the third is by an unknown Spanish artist, probably of the 19th century, and is called A Man And A Child Eating Grapes, though I must say the grapes look more like olives to me and are definitely far from beautiful.
Kyd uses the example of The Golden Ass as a Silenus box to create a mystery play, a revenge tragedy on the literal level with a political allegory as its subtext.
Larvae of Zaprora silenus (Perciformes: Zaproridae) have been caught in the neuston in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea.
silenus smaragdinum Olsoufieff, 1924 Phanaeus hermes Harold, 1868 V K M P.
This is the ancient Greek equivalent of the "shrill laugh" of Silenus in Nietzsche's Birth of Tragedy, who has supposedly looked beyond the pleasant illusion of the world, into the abyss of its horror, and sees the absurdity of trying to make something out of life:
How much happier I would be telling you about Pan, about satyrs, Silenus and fauns, gnomes and gargoyles, or old Irish leprechauns, cluricaunes, lurikeen, and Korrigans, all the unholy Elven of Tara: tara, tara tara, full East and by South; we sail with thunder in our mouth, we bustle along, through the heavenly throng.
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