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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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The tale of Cupid and Psyche itself serves as a Silenus box, being an allegorical story within the rough covering of the Milesian tales that parallels the structure and final movement of the novel.
Silenus, however, decided against the inclusion of a full-bosomed female rocket scientist character into the story to maintain what little dignity he has left.
And, lastly, we learn at the end of the Poem 6 (82-84), that the song of Silenus is actually a song originally sung by Apollo.
102) Compare Elizabeth Belfiore, "Elenchus, Epode, and Magic: Socrates as Silenus," Phoenix 34 (1980): 128-37, especially 134, 136-7.
Chapter themes are as follows: the disappearance of the allegorical function of Silenus, Midas, and Marsyas (chapter 1); the "fall" of Pan from royal allegory and Neoplatonic signifier to a mere commemoration of himself, accompanied by Counter-Reformation efforts to render satyrs, dance, and poetry itself diabolical (chapter 2); rewritings of the story of the death of Pan, signaling his "death" in certain literary traditions (chapter 3); the "voice" attributed to the satyr, based on the sixteenth-century conflation of satyr and satire (chapter 4); and the satyr's brief presence in pastoral theater, confirming his entry into the domain of the spectacular (chapter 5).
Waddington emphasizes that the impresa links Aretino to both the satyr Marsyas and the satyr Silenus of Alcibiades who is used by Alcibiades to praise his friend Socrates in Plato's Symposium.
For one thing, the tipsy, balding Silenus is heavily bearded: a subtle hint for most of us that he is male.
Be that as it may, there is another consequence to More's having Antony play the Augustinian teacher and, deliberately or otherwise, the Erasmian Silenus.
Bembo with great good humour takes on the role of Silenus.
Euripides' dramatic version of the tale specifically ascribes the blinding of Cyclops to his attempted rape of Silenus, king of the satyrs.
Rossetti's hermeneutics, which approached literature in the spirit of Silenus, the old schoolmaster and foster-father of Bacchus (Liber, Dionysus), involved the techniques and postulates of both Jungiansim and Deconstructionism avante la lettre.
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