“In Apollo we recognize the wholly masculine man. The aristocratic aloofness, the superiority of cognition, the sense of proportion, these and other related traits in a man, even music in the broadest sense of the word, are, in the last analysis, alien to a woman. Apollo is all these things. But perfection in the living present, untrammelled and victorious action, not in the service of some remote and infinite idea but for mastery over the moment – that is the triumph that has always delighted woman in a man, to which she inspires him, and whose high satisfaction he can learn from her.” Walter F. Otto comparing Athena and Apollo. I’m using and quoting Otto a lot these days and this comparison was born to mesmerize and enchant (and certainly to make some modern woman mad, as her feminist lack of femininity will disallow her comprehension of the extraordinary compliment being paid her kind). If fate allows you access to a copy of Otto’s The Homeric Gods and 15 minutes to put to good use, read, if nothing else, section 4 (pages 53-56) of his chapter on Athena.
Walter F. Otto on Athena and Apollo
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Ph.D. in Anthropology from City University of New York Graduate Center (2011); M.A. in African-American and African Studies from The Ohio State University (2000); B.S. in Communications from Florida State University (1993). Published academic author. Research Interests include Race, Culture, and Racism in American and Italy; Liberalism and Global Capitalism; Classical History and Counter-Modern Ethics; American Hardcore Music and Ethics; Skinhead Culture; Traditionalism; The European New Right and Political Philosophy; Counter-Enlightenment Thought and the Morality of Truth; Sport and Ethics of Violence; Jazz, Black Power, and Bourgeois Liberation. View all posts by markdyal