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If an angel can fall, can a demon rise?

If an angel can fall, can a demon rise? According to most Christian teaching and traditions, the short answer is no. Your question however does pose certain interesting perplexities to say the ...
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Does hubris have an opposite?

The opposite of Hubris is Sophrosyne (σωφροσύνη). It is considered an important quality to have and is expressed in opposition to the concept of hubris. The meaning of the concept Sophrosyne is, "an ...
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Which cultures have the concept of a "true" or "secret name?"

In Egyptian mythology Isis created a serpent to poison Ra and only gave him the antidote when he revealed his true name to her. Isis passed this name on to Horus, strengthening his royal authority. ...
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Are there any stories or fables in mythology that have an anarchist message?

If memory serves, Mikhail Bakunin was particularly fond of the story of Prometheus, the Titan of forethought. Prometheus defied the Olympians (the ruling class), stole fire from Zeus (the king) and ...
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How does the Genius concept fit into the Roman Mythology?

Whether the "genius loci" developed into "genii" or whether they were parallel developments is difficult to say. In Roman belief-systems and spirituality it was the complete character, nature, and ...
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Are there any examples of gods or people boasting of their ability to engage in multiple acts of sex in succession?

Heracles is said to have had intercourse with the 50 daughters of Thespius or Thestius in one night, all of whom bore him sons (Diodorus Siculus, Library 4.29.3) In another version, one daughter ...
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Are there any stories or fables in mythology that have an anarchist message?

An anarchist message can be found in Antigone's refusal to abide by King Creon's decree to leave her brother unburied, as dramatized in the play "Seven Against Thebes" by Aeschylus. Interestingly, ...
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How does the Genius concept fit into the Roman Mythology?

You referenced the Wikipedia article on the genius, but I think the Britannica article would have been more helpful to you. The genius (and its female counterpart, the juno) were personfications of ...
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How far does the classical model remain a template for heroism in the modern world?

Some brief thoughts, (answer may be evolving,) but I think the idea that "there is nothing new under the sun" sort of holds. The Anti-Hero One innovation we think of as modern is that of the anti-...
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How far does the classical model remain a template for heroism in the modern world?

Well depending on the definition of classical hero, the answer may change. For the sake of this answer I'll consider them to be the protagonists of the Greek tragedies (Hercules, Odysseus, Hector, et....
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If an angel can fall, can a demon rise?

In the Chrisian scope of affairs, if you don't deem Origen to be a "heretic" - yes- : Origen was the author of the most effective argument against the punishing terror of God's wrath as recounted ...
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Was there a concept of bringing about a perfect world in ancient pagan religions?

Norse myth does feature such a belief. See the last seven stanzas of the Vǫluspá or "Sybil's Prophecy," in the Elder or Poetic Edda, or Chapters 52-53 of the "Gylfaginning" section ...
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Way to measure the probability a story evolving in a given culture

In myths, humans follow a limited number of patterns, regardless of their cultural background. This field of study is called Comparative Mythology. This has uncovered a number of parallels, or ...
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If an angel can fall, can a demon rise?

And yet in the book of Job Satan also known as Lucifer in some texts is seated with the archangels because God beckoned him to come and as an Angel of God he responded and then made a deal to tempt ...
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