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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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I doubt that Starr could have convinced the filmmakers of Prince Caspian to celebrate the spiritual quality of gender by following the novel's division of labor for Caspian-Peter-Edmund and Susan-Lucy, but he might have been able to nudge them toward including Bacchus, Silenus, and the Maenads in the climax of the film.
So too does the notably intertextual Decline and Fall, which alludes to numerous literary precursors, such as Gibbon's The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Lodge 7), Spengler's The Decline of the West, Voltaire's Candide (Lodge 17), Clough William-Ellis's England and the Octopus (Milthorpe 19), Arthurian legend--who was not only a symbol of national hope, but a key figure of Victorian medievalism--(Heath, 75), while Fagan evokes Dickens, Chokey parodies Shylock, and Otto Silenus, Hamlet.
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.
And the Dormouse is Seilenos (Roman Silenus), the god of drunkenness--a snub-nosed, pot-bellied, animal-eared satyr who famously often fell asleep at the banquet table, and, like the Dormouse, he was often woken up to entertain guests with stories and songs.
In Thomas Woolner's Silenus (1884), Syrinx's story is adapted into an erotic narrative poem:"Syrinx [is] chased by nimble Pan"--Pan the satyr, god ofwild--"flushed with terror, plucked at by demon claws, [she]plunges"--(see "Pan-ic")--"in the stream andher young spirit passes into the reeds." Pan proceeds to cut thereeds at different lengths, fashions pipes (see "panflute"), and his hostile breath generates a necrophilicsong.
MATT (In a cheerful voice, as if trading a delightful children's fairy tale): "According to the old story, King Midas had long hunted wise Silenus, Dionysus's companion, without catching him.
B Cellars made wine at Robert Pecota Winery before the Jackson family bought the property, then for 10 years at Silenus Winery near the city of Napa.
Hulle is gelei deur Silenus. Die koorlede het dan ook 'n kostuum gedra met bok- of perdesterte, spits ore en 'n fallus.
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