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They weren't just insane followers, they were supposedly nurses too. They were mad because of alcohols and drugs, and showed the "dark" side of the party. Sometimes, drinking too much cause violence, sometimes violence cause death. "Real" followers of Dyonisos tried to emulate their madness with mushrooms and other psychotropes. For some reason, this is ...


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The ancient Greek writer and geographer Pausanias recorded a variant of the well know story of Narcissus falling in love with himself, in which Narcissus falls in love with his twin sister rather than himself. [9.31.8] There is another story about Narcissus, less popular indeed than the other, but not without some support. It is said that Narcissus had a ...


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That is actually the second half of Line 274 of Iliad 1: ἐπεὶ πείθεσθαι ἄμεινον (epeì peíthesthai ámeinon), an expression very commonly rendered into English as "to obey is better", such as in Augustus Taber Murray's 1924 translation (Harvard University Press). Samuel Butler's 1898 rendition (Cambridge University Press) has "for this is the more ...


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One More Wife To complicate the issue yet a little bit further, if we take Plato's dialogue Kritias into account, Poseidon actually has three wives, not just two. According to the description of the foundation of Atlantis in Kritias, Poseidon was married to a certain Kleïto [Cleïto] who bore him five sets of twin sons who ruled the land, which was named ...


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