Orpheus called Apollon the Beginning and End. The Greek words for that is Alpha and Omega, so would that be appropriate to call Apollon, or is that more of a modern "Greek" Orthodox term?
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ChrisWAldridge wrote:Orpheus called Apollon the Beginning and End. The Greek words for that is Alpha and Omega, so would that be appropriate to call Apollon, or is that more of a modern "Greek" Orthodox term?
Orpheus says 'ἀρχή' (inception) and 'τελευτή' (completion) – not 'alpha' and 'omega' – those are just the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, used symbolically in the Book of Revelation for the cosmogenetic and cosmolytic powers of God. Though the idea is Hellenistic, the use of those letters specifically in a religiously symbolic sense is a Christian one.
I don't see anything inherently wrong with considering the letter symbolism in a Hellenistic context, though it strikes me as a little strange and not really necessary.
"O Best of Gods, blest daimon crown'd with fire . . . hear, and from punishment my soul absolve, the punishment incurr'd by pristine guilt, thro' Lethe's darkness and terrene desire: and if for long-extended years I'm doom'd in these drear realms Heav'n's exile to remain, O grant me soon the necessary means to gain that good which solitude confers on souls emerging from the bitter waves of fraudful Hyle's black, impetuous flood!"
-Iulianic Hymn to Apollon-Helios, ll. 65-106
"Having come for punishment, one must be punished. One must not pull apart the god within oneself."
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