Abaddon, Apollo, Apollyon

The Homeric Hymn to Apollo (Abaddon Apollo Apollyon) shows how hucksters built a Seeker-Friendly church built upon wine, women and song. Apollo is the father of the "seeker center" and he takes captive "ministers" using the flute and harp to his Oracle at Delphi.

See Strabo 9

Strabo 10

Apollo Belvedere
, restored Roman copy of the Greek original attributed to Leochares, 4th century BC; in the Vatican Museum, Rome Alinari--Art Resource/EB Inc.

From the time of Homer onward Apollo was the god of divine distance, who sent or threatened from afar; the god who made men aware of their own guilt and purified them of it; who presided over religious law and the constitutions of cities; who communicated to man through prophets and oracles his knowledge of the future and the will of his father, Zeus

Distance, death, terror, and awe were summed up in his symbolic bow;
a gentler side of his nature, however, was shown in his other attribute, the
lyre, which proclaimed the
joy of communion with Olympus (the home of the gods - through
music, poetry, and dance.

The Twanging of the bowstring to cause the arrow to "sing" into your heart is the basis of the Greek "external melody." The Greek word psallo therefore is a very destructive word by which the false gods wound your heart beyond repair. However, Christian singing and melody is "in the heart or mind" and not in the HEART which pumps blood until the Seekers get you.

Homeric Hymn (Abaddon Apollo Apollyon)

III. TO APOLLO (546 lines)


1-18 - I will remember and not be unmindful of Apollo who shoots afar. As he goes through the house of Zeus, the gods tremble before him and all spring up from their seats when he draws near, as he bends his bright bow. But Leto alone stays by the side of Zeus who delights in thunder; and then she unstrings his bow, and closes his quiver, and takes his archery from his strong shoulders in her hands and hangs them on a golden peg against a pillar of his father"s house.

Then she leads him to a seat and makes him sit: and the Father gives him nectar in a golden cup welcoming his dear son, while the other gods make him sit down there, and queenly Leto rejoices because she bare a mighty son and an archer.

Rejoice, blessed Leto, for you bare glorious children, the lord Apollo and Artemis who delights in arrows; her in Ortygia, and him in rocky Delos, as you rested against the great mass of the Cynthian hill hard by a palm-tree by the streams of Inopus.

Artemis was the daughter of Zeus and Leto and the twin sister of Apollo

19-29 - How, then, shall I sing of you who in all ways are a worthy theme of song?

For everywhere, O Phoebus (Abaddon Apollo Apollyon), the whole range of song is fallen to you,
both over the mainland that rears
heifers and over the isles.
All mountain-peaks and high headlands of lofty hills and rivers flowing out to the deep and beaches sloping seawards and havens of the sea are your delight.

Shall I sing how at the first Leto bare you to be the joy of men, as she rested against Mount Cynthus in that rocky isle, in sea- girt Delos -- while on either hand a dark wave rolled on landwards driven by shrill winds -- whence arising you rule over all mortal men?

[We need to find you a commercial-religious temple site]

30-50 - Among those who are in Crete, and in the township of Athens, and in the isle of Aegina and Euboea, famous for ships, in Aegae and Eiresiae and Peparethus near the sea, in Thracian Athos and Pelion"s towering heights and Thracian Samos and the shady hills of Ida, in Scyros and Phocaea and the high hill of Autocane and fair-lying Imbros and smouldering Lemnos and rich Lesbos, home of Macar, the son of Aeolus, and Chios, brightest of all the isles that lie in the sea, and craggy Mimas and the heights of Corycus and gleaming Claros and the sheer hill of Aesagea and watered Samos and the steep heights of Mycale, in Miletus and Cos, the city of Meropian men, and steep Cnidos and windy Carpathos, in Naxos and Paros and rocky Rhenaea --

so far roamed Leto in travail with the god who shoots afar, to see if any land would be willing to make a dwelling for her son. But they greatly trembled and feared, and none, not even the richest of them, dared receive Phoebus, until queenly Leto set foot on Delos and uttered winged words and asked her:

51-61 - "Delos, if you would be willing to be the abode of my son "Phoebus Apollo and make him a rich temple --; for no other will touch you, as you will find:

and I think you will never be rich in oxen and sheep, nor bear vintage nor yet produce plants abundantly.
But if you have the temple of far-shooting Apollo, all men will bring you hecatombs and gather here, and incessant savour of rich sacrifice will always arise,
        and you will feed those who dwell in you
from the hand of strangers; for truly your own soil is not rich."

62-82 - So spake Leto. And Delos rejoiced and answered and said: "Leto, most glorious daughter of great Coeus, joyfully would I receive your child the far-shooting lord; for it is all too true that I am ill-spoken of among men, whereas thus I should become very greatly honoured.

But this saying I fear, and I will not hide it from you, Leto.
They say that
Apollo will be one that is very haughty and will greatly lord it among gods and men all over the fruitful earth.
Therefore, I greatly
fear in heart and spirit that as soon as he sets the light of the sun, he will scorn this island --

for truly I have but a hard, rocky soil -- and overturn me and thrust me down with his feet in the depths of the sea; then will the great ocean wash deep above my head for ever, and he will go to another land such as will please him, there to make his temple and wooded groves.

So, many-footed creatures of the sea will make their lairs in me and black seals their dwellings undisturbed, because I lack people. Yet if you will but dare to sware a great oath, goddess,

that here first he will build a glorious temple to be an oracle for men,
then let him
afterwards make temples and wooded groves amongst all men; for surely he will be greatly renowned.

83-88 - So said Delos. And Leto sware the great oath of the gods: "Now hear this, Earth and wide Heaven above, and dropping water of Styx (this is the strongest and most awful oath for the blessed gods),

surely Phoebus shall have here his fragrant altar and precinct, and you he shall honour above all."

89-101 - Now when Leto had sworn and ended her oath, Delos was very glad at the birth of the far-shooting lord.

But Leto was racked nine days and nine nights with pangs beyond wont. And there were with her all the chiefest of the goddesses, Dione and Rhea and Ichnaea and Themis and loud-moaning Amphitrite and the other deathless goddesses save white-armed Hera (Juno), who sat in the halls of cloud-gathering Zeus.

Only Eilithyia, goddess of sore travail, had not heard of Leto"s trouble, for she sat on the top of Olympus beneath golden clouds by white-armed Hera"s contriving, who kept her close through envy, because Leto with the lovely tresses was soon to bear a son faultless and strong.

102-114 - But the goddesses sent out Iris from the well-set isle to bring Eilithyia, promising her a great necklace strung with golden threads, nine cubits long. And they bade Iris call her aside from white-armed Hera, lest she might afterwards turn her from coming with her words. When swift Iris, fleet of foot as the wind, had heard all this, she set to run; and quickly finishing all the distance she came to the home of the gods, sheer Olympus, and forthwith called Eilithyia out from the hall to the door and spoke winged words to her, telling her all as the goddesses who dwell on Olympus had bidden her. So she moved the heart of Eilithyia in her dear breast; and they went their way, like shy wild-doves in their going.

115-122 - And as soon as Eilithyia the goddess of sore travail set foot on Delos, the pains of birth seized Leto, and she longed to bring forth; so she cast her arms about a palm tree and kneeled on the soft meadow while the earth laughed for joy beneath.

Then the child leaped forth to the light, and all the goddesses washed you purely and cleanly with sweet water, and swathed you in a white garment of fine texture, new-woven, and fastened a golden band about you.

123-130 - Now Leto did not give Apollo, bearer of the golden blade, her breast; but Themis duly poured nectar and ambrosia with her divine hands:

and Leto was glad because she had borne a strong son and an archer.
But as soon as you had tasted that
divine heavenly food, O Phoebus, you could no longer then be held by golden cords nor confined with bands, but all their ends were undone.

Those Born Today Will Rule Today by (Abaddon Apollo Apollyon)

Forthwith Phoebus Apollo spoke out among the deathless goddesses:

131-132 - The lyre and the curved bow shall ever be dear to me, and I will declare to men the unfailing will of Zeus."

133-139 - So said Phoebus, the long-haired god who shoots afar and began to walk upon the wide-pathed earth; and all goddesses were amazed at him. Then with gold all Delos was laden, beholding the child of Zeus and Leto, for joy because the god chose her above the islands and shore to make his dwelling in her: and she loved him yet more in her heart, and blossomed as does a mountain-top with woodland flowers.  
        and they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. Rev 9:8

140-164 - And you, O lord Apollo, god of the silver bow, shooting afar, now walked on craggy Cynthus, and now kept wandering about the island and the people in them. Many are your temples and wooded groves, and all peaks and towering bluffs of lofty mountains and rivers flowing to the sea are dear to you, Phoebus,

yet in Delos do you most delight your heart; for there the long robed Ionians gather in your honour with their children and shy wives: mindful, they delight you with boxing and dancing and song, so often as they hold their gathering.

A man would say that they were deathless and unageing if he should then come upon the Ionians so met together. For he would see the graces of them all, and would be pleased in heart gazing at the men and well- girded women with their swift ships and great wealth.

And there is this great wonder besides -- and its renown shall never perish -- the girls of Delos, hand-maidens of the Far-shooter;

for when they have praised Apollo first, and also Leto and Artemis who delights in arrows,
sing a strain-telling of men and women of past days, and charm the tribes of men.
Also they
can imitate the tongues of all men and their clattering speech:
each would say that
he himself were singing, so close to truth is their sweet song.

These were "barbarians" speaking in tongues in 1 Cor 14.

His half-brother, Hermes (Mercury) was similar:

And when the purpose of great Zeus was fixed in heaven, she was delivered and a notable thing was come to pass. For then she bare a son, of many shifts, blandly cunning, a robber, a cattle driver, a bringer of dreams, a watcher by night, a thief at the gates, one who was soon to show forth wonderful deeds among the deathless gods.

Born with the dawning, at mid-day he played on the lyre, and in the evening he stole the cattle of far-shooting Apollo on the fourth day of the month; for on that day queenly Maia bare him.

So soon as he had leaped from his mother's heavenly womb, he lay not long waiting in his holy cradle, but he sprang up and sought the oxen of Apollo.

165-178 - And now may Apollo be favourable and Artemis; and farewell all you maidens. Remember me in after time whenever any one of men on earth, a stranger who has seen and suffered much, comes here and asks of you:

"Whom think ye, girls, is the sweetest singer that comes here, and in whom do you most delight?" Then answer, each and all, with one voice: "He is a blind man, and dwells in rocky Chios: his lays are evermore supreme." As for me, I will carry your renown as far as I roam over the earth to the well-placed this thing is true. And I will never cease to praise far-shooting Apollo, god of the silver bow, whom rich-haired Leto bare.

TO PYTHIAN APOLLO -- (Abaddon Apollo Apollyon)

179-181 - O Lord, Lycia is yours and lovely Maeonia and Miletus, charming city by the sea, but over wave-girt Delos you greatly reign your own self.

182-206 - Leto"s (mother of Apollo) - all-glorious son goes to rocky Pytho, playing upon his hollow lyre, clad in divine, perfumed garments; and at the touch of the golden key his lyre sings sweet.

The "familiar spirit" of the witch of Endor was a musical echo chamber:
Owb (h178) obe; from the same as 1 (appar. through the idea of prattling a father's name); prop. a mumble, i. e. a water-skin (from its hollow sound); hence a necromancer (ventriloquist, as from a jar): - bottle, familiar spirit.
The sign or MARK of the necromancer is--
Owth (h226) oth; prob. from 225 (in the sense of appearing); a signal (lit. or fig.), as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, etc.: - mark, miracle, (en-) sign, token.
The Sumerians originally believed in only one God, but after 3500 B.C. they developed various forms of polytheism... The government of Sumeria was really a theocracy, for the ruler was also the chief priest. The other priests were divided into three classes, namely, the singers, the magicians, and the soothsayers. (Hyma, Alberty, Ancient History, Barnes and Noble, P. 14)

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Mt.6:7

The Tibetans have their prayer wheel. Just spin the wheel and the prayer is produced by a "mechanical instrument of prayer." The Witch of Endor had her owb: just mumble a magical sound into it and it echoed over and over. Jesus condemned empty speaking--

"The vb. Battologeo in Mt 6:7 (say not the same thing over and over again) refers to the superstition that the repeated utterance of a word will secure one's wish." (Int. Std. Bible Ency., Magic, p. 1964).
battologeo (g945) bat-tol-og-eh'-o; from BattoŚs , (a proverbial stammerer) and 3056; to stutter, i.e. (by impl.) to prate tediously: - use vain repetitions

The SOUNDING BRASS of 1 Cor. 13 is an EMPTY

Chalkos (g5475) khal-kos'; perh. from 5465 through the idea of hollowing out as a vessel (this metal being chiefly used for that purpose); copper (the substance, or some implement or coin made of it): - brass, money.

Thence, swift as thought, he speeds from
earth to Olympus, to the house of Zeus, to join the gathering of the other gods:

then straightway the undying gods think only of the lyre and song,
and all the
Muses together, voice sweetly answering voice,

hymn the unending gifts the gods enjoy and the sufferings of men,
all that they endure at the hands of the deathless gods,
and how they live
witless and helpless and
........... cannot find healing for death or defence against old age. 


Greek MOUSA, OR MOISA, Latin MUSA, in Greco-Roman religion and mythology, any of a group of sister goddesses of obscure but ancient origin, the chief centre of whose cult was Mount Helicon in Boeotia, Greece. Allegedly they came from Pieria in Macedonia, but this attribution may be a misunderstanding, the real Pieria being somewhere in Greece. Very little is known of their cult, but they had a festival every four years at Thespiae, near Helicon, and a contest (Museia), presumably--or at least at first--in singing and playing.

They probably were originally the patron goddesses of poets (who in early times were also musicians, providing their own accompaniments)

Calliope: Muse of heroic or epic poetry (often holding a writing tablet).
Clio: Muse of history (often holding a scroll).
Erato: Muse of lyric and love poetry (often playing a lyre).
Euterpe: Muse of music or flutes (often playing flutes).
Melpomene: Muse of tragedy (often holding a tragic mask).
Polymnia: Muse of sacred poetry or of the mimic art (often shown with a pensive look).
Terpsichore: Muse of dancing and choral song (often shown dancing and holding a lyre).
Thalia: Muse of comedy (often holding a comic mask).
Urania: Muse of astronomy (often holding a globe).

Meanwhile the rich-tressed Graces [godesses of fertility] and cheerful Seasons dance with Harmonia [Greek: daughter of Ares and Aphrodite], and Hebe and Aphrodite, daughter of Zeus, holding each other by the wrist. And among them sings one, not mean nor puny, but tall to look upon and enviable in mien, Artemis [sister of Apolo, temple in Ephesus] who delights in arrows, sister of Apollo.

Among them sport Ares [Greek, Roman Mars] and the keen-eyed Slayer of Argus,
Apollo plays his lyre stepping high and featly and a radiance shines around him, the gleaming of his feet and close-woven vest.
And they, even gold-tressed Leto and wise
Zeus, rejoice in their great hearts as they watch their dear son playing among the undying gods.

Commentary [194]  For the connexion of the Charites [Graces]with Aphrodite see n. on h. Aphr. 61, and for the Horae n. on vi. 5. With the line cf. Panyas. ap. Athen. ii. 38 Charites t' elachon kai eŁphrones HŰrai; Plat. Symp.vii. 5(dance of Charites, Horae, and Nymphs). For the conjunction of Charites and Muses cf. Theogony 64 f., Sappho fr. 22 deute nun, abrai Charites kallikomoi te Mousai. The Charites are associated with Apollo in literature ( Pind. Ol14. 10) and art ( Paus.ix. 35. 1, of the Delian Apollo).

Of the king of Tyre as a type of Lucifer:

Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Eze 28:12

Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God;

every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Eze.28:13

Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Eze 28:14

By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Eze 28:16

207-228 - How then shall I sing of you -- though in all ways you are a worthy theme for song? Shall I sing of you as wooer and in the fields of love,

how you went wooing the daughter of Azan along with god-like Ischys the son of well-horsed Elatius, or with Phorbas sprung from Triops, or with Ereutheus, or with Leucippus and the wife of Leucippus....

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Apollo Now Looks For a place to deliver oracles through his ministers

An Oracle was like a modern mega-church. It had a swimming pool, gymnasium, theater, counselors, merchants, book sellers, poem writters, a female who delivered messages from the "gods" and someone to take up the "collections." It was a corrupt commercial institution like a wolf claiming to be religious.

[Because Olympus is the oracle of Zeus, Apollo has to find another place and ultimate dominates]

....you on foot, he with his chariot, yet he fell not short of Triops. Or shall I sing how at the first you went about the earth seeking a place of oracle for men, O far-shooting Apollo?

To Pieria first you went down from Olympus and passed by sandy Lectus and Enienae and through the land of the Perrhaebi.

Soon you came to Iolcus and set foot on Cenaeum in Euboea, famed for ships: you stood in the Lelantine plain, but it pleased not your heart to make a temple there and wooded groves. From there you crossed the Euripus, far-shooting Apollo, and went up the green, holy hills, going on to Mycalessus and grassy-bedded Teumessus,

and so came to the wood-clad abode of Thebes; for as yet no man lived in holy Thebe, nor were there tracks or ways about Thebe"s wheat-bearing plain as yet.

(The building of the celebrated seven-gated wall of Thebes is usually attributed to Amphion, who is said to have charmed the stones into moving by the playing of his lyre.)

229-238 - And further still you went, O far-shooting Apollo, and came to Onchestus, Poseidon"s bright grove: there the new- broken cold distressed with drawing the trim chariot gets spirit again, and the skilled driver springs from his car and goes on his way.

Then the horses for a while rattle the empty car, being rid of guidance; and if they break the chariot in the woody grove, men look after the horses, but tilt the chariot and leave it there; for this was the rite from the very first. And the drivers pray to the lord of the shrine; but the chariot falls to the lot of the god.

And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. Rev 9:9

239-243 - Further yet you went, O far-shooting Apollo, and reached next Cephissus" sweet stream which pours forth its sweet- flowing water from Lilaea, and crossing over it, O worker from afar, you passed many-towered Ocalea and reached grassy Haliartus.

Sorry, this territory is taken

244-253 - Then you went towards Telphusa: and there the pleasant place seemed fit for making a temple and wooded grove. You came very near and spoke to her: "Telphusa, here I am minded to make a glorious temple, an oracle for men, and hither they will always bring perfect hecatombs, [large-scale sacrifices of retainers who followed their king and queen to the grave]

both those who live in rich Peloponnesus and those of Europe and all the wave-washed isles, coming to seek oracles.
........... And I will deliver to them all counsel that cannot fail,
........... giving answer in my rich temple."

254-276 - So said Phoebus Apollo, and laid out all the foundations throughout, wide and very long. But when Telphusa saw this, she was angry in heart and spoke, saying: "Lord Phoebus, worker from afar,

I will speak a word of counsel to your heart, since you are minded to make here a glorious temple to be an oracle for men who will always bring hither perfect hecatombs for you; yet I will speak out, and do you lay up my words in your heart.

The trampling of swift horses and the sound of mules watering at my sacred springs will always irk you, and men will like better to gaze at the well-made chariots and stamping, swift-footed horses than at your great temple and the many treasures that are within.

But if you will be moved by me -- for you, lord, are stronger and mightier than I, and your strength is very great -- build at Crisa (close to Delphi) below the glades of Parnassus (Mountain): there no bright chariot will clash, and there will be no noise of swift-footed horses near your well-built altar.

But so the glorious tribes of men will bring gifts to you as Iepaeon ("Hail- Healer"), and you will receive with delight rich sacrifices from the people dwelling round about."

So said Telphusa, that she alone, and not the Far-Shooter, should have renown there; and she persuaded the Far-Shooter.

277-286 - Further yet you went, far-shooting Apollo, until you came to the town of the presumptuous Phlegyae who dwell on this earth in a lovely glade near the Cephisian lake, caring not for Zeus.

And thence you went speeding swiftly to the mountain ridge, and came to Crisa beneath snowy Parnassus, a foothill turned towards the west: a cliff hangs over if from above, and a hollow, rugged glade runs under. There the lord Phoebus Apollo resolved to make his lovely temple, and thus he said:

Location, Location, Location (Three keys to success in business)

287-293 - In this place I am minded to build a glorious temple to be an oracle for men, and here they will always bring perfect hecatombs, both they who dwell in rich Peloponnesus and the men of Europe and from all the wave-washed isles, coming to question me.

And I will deliver to them all counsel that cannot fail, answering them in my rich temple."

294-299 - When he had said this, Phoebus Apollo laid out all the foundations throughout, wide and very long; and upon these the sons of Erginus, Trophonius and Agamedes, dear to the deathless gods, laid a footing of stone.

And the countless tribes of men built the whole temple of wrought stones, to be sung of for ever.

This is an interlude to the main theme of establishing Apollo"s Oracle

300-310 - But near by was a sweet flowing spring, and there with his strong bow the lord, the son of Zeus, killed the bloated, great she-dragon, a fierce monster wont to do great mischief to men upon earth, to men themselves and to their thin- shanked sheep; for she was a very bloody plague.
She it was who once received from gold-throned Hera and brought up fell, cruel Typhaon to be a plague to men. [You cannot make money by plaguing people]

Once on a time Hera bare him because she was angry with father Zeus, when the Son of Cronos (Saturn) bare all-glorious Athena in his head. Thereupon queenly Hera was angry and spoke thus among the assembled gods:

311-330 - "Hear from me, all gods and goddesses, how cloud- gathering Zeus begins to dishonour me wantonly, when he has made me his true-hearted wife. See now, apart from me he has given birth to bright-eyed Athena who is foremost among all the blessed gods.

But my son Hephaestus (Roman: Vulcan) whom I bare was weakly among all the blessed gods and shrivelled of foot,
          a shame and disgrace to me in heaven, whom I myself took in my hands and cast out so that he fell in the great sea.

See The Great Red Dragon

But silver-shod Thetis the daughter of Nereus took and cared for him with her sisters: would that she had done other service to the blessed gods! O wicked one and crafty! What else will you now devise? How dared you by yourself give birth to bright-eyed Athena? Would not I have borne you a child -- I, who was at least called your wife among the undying gods who hold wide heaven. Beware now lest I devise some evil thing for you hereafter:

yes, now I will contrive that a son be born me to be foremost among the undying gods --
and that without casting shame on the holy bond of wedlock between you and me.
And I will not come to your bed, but will consort with the blessed gods far off from you."

331-333 - When she had so spoken, she went apart from the gods, being very angry. Then straightway large-eyed queenly Hera prayed, striking the ground flatwise with her hand, and speaking thus:

334-362 - "Hear now, I pray, Earth and wide Heaven above, and you Titan (Satans) gods who dwell beneath the earth about great Tartarus, and from whom are sprung both gods and men!

Titan: in Greek mythology, any of the children of Uranus (Heaven) and Gaea (Earth) and their descendants. According to Hesiod"s Theogony, there were 12 original Titans: the brothers Oceanus, Coeus, Crius, Hyperion, Iapetus, and Cronus and the sisters Thea, Rhea, Themis, Mnemosyne, Phoebe, and Tethys.
At the instigation of Gaea the Titans rebelled against their father, who had shut them up in the underworld (Tartarus). Under the leadership of Cronus they deposed Uranus and set up Cronus as their ruler.
But one of Cronus" sons, Zeus, rebelled against his father, and a struggle then ensued between them in which most of the Titans sided with Cronus. Zeus and his brothers and sisters finally defeated the Titans after 10 years of fierce battles (the Titanomachia). The Titans were then hurled down by Zeus and imprisoned in a cavity beneath Tartarus.
Tartarus the infernal regions of ancient Greek mythology. The name was originally used for the deepest region of the world, the lower of the two parts of the underworld, where the gods locked up their enemies. It gradually came to mean the entire underworld. As such it was the opposite of Elysium, where happy souls lived after death. In some accounts Tartarus was one of the personified elements of the world, along with Gaea (Earth) and others. According to those accounts, Tartarus and Gaea produced the monster Typhon. Compare Hades.

Harken you now to me, one and all, and grant that I may bear a child apart from Zeus, no wit lesser than him in strength -- nay, let him be as much stronger than Zeus as all-seeing Zeus than Cronos."

Thus she cried and lashed the earth with her strong hand. Then the life-giving earth was moved: and when Hera saw it she was glad in heart, for she thought her prayer would be fulfilled.

And thereafter she never came to the bed of wise Zeus for a full year, not to sit in her carved chair as aforetime to plan wise counsel for him, but stayed in her temples where many pray, and delighted in her offerings, large-eyed queenly Hera.

But when the months and days were fulfilled and the seasons duly came on as the earth moved round, she bare one neither like the gods nor mortal men, fell, cruel Typhaon, to be a plague to men. Straightway large-eyed queenly Hera took him and bringing one evil thing to another such, gave him to the dragoness; and she received him.

And this Typhaon used to work great mischief among the famous tribes of men. Whosoever met the dragoness, the day of doom would sweep him away, until the lord Apollo, who deals death from afar, shot a strong arrow at her. Then she, rent with bitter pangs, lay drawing great gasps for breath and rolling about that place.

An awful noise swelled up unspeakable as she writhed continually this way and that amid the wood: and so she left her life, breathing it forth in blood. Then Phoebus Apollo boasted over her:

363-369 - "Now rot here upon the soil that feeds man! (a play on the Greek verb pytho, "I rot")

You at least shall live no more to be a fell bane to men who eat the fruit of the all-nourishing earth, and who will bring hither perfect hecatombs. Against cruel death neither Typhoeus shall avail you nor ill-famed Chimera, but here shall the Earth and shining Hyperion make you rot."

370-374 - Thus said Phoebus, exulting over her: and darkness covered her eyes. And the holy strength of Helios made her rot away there; wherefore the place is now called Pytho (Delphi was supposed to be Pytho.), and men call the lord Apollo by another name,

Pythian; because on that spot the power of piercing Helios made the monster rot away.

375-378 - Then Phoebus Apollo saw that the sweet-flowing spring had beguiled him, and he started out in anger against Telphusa; and soon coming to her, he stood close by and spoke to her:

379-381 - "Telphusa, you were not, after all, to keep to yourself this lovely place by deceiving my mind, and pour forth your clear flowing water: here my renown shall also be and not yours alone?"

382-387 - Thus spoke the lord, far-working Apollo, and pushed over upon her a crag with a shower of rocks, hiding her streams: and he made himself an altar in a wooded grove very near the clear-flowing stream. In that place all men pray to the great one by the name Telphusian, because he humbled the stream of holy Telphusa.

Apollo Gathers Ministers to Serve Him Among the Rocks and Stones

These maps will aid you in following Apollo becoming a dolphin to navigate people to his oracle:

388-439 - Then Phoebus
Apollo (Abaddon Apollo Apollyon) pondered in his heart what men he should bring in to be his ministers in sacrifice and to serve him in rocky Pytho.

And while he considered this, he became aware of a swift ship upon the wine-like sea in which were many men and goodly, Cretans from Cnossos (10),

(10) Inscriptions show that there was a temple of Apollo Delphinius (Dolphin) (cp. ii. 495-6) at Cnossus and a Cretan month bearing the same name.

That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness whereby they lie in wait to deceive; Ephesians 4:14

the city of Minos, they who do sacrifice to the prince and announce his decrees, whatsoever Phoebus Apollo, bearer of the golden blade, speaks in answer from his laurel tree below the dells of Parnassus.

These men were sailing in their black ship for traffic and for profit to sandy Pylos and to the men of Pylos.

But Phoebus Apollo met them: in the open sea he sprang upon their swift ship,
like a
dolphin in shape, and lay there, a great and awesome monster, and none of them gave heed so as to understand (11);

(11) The dolphin was really Apollo.

For such are false apostles (pretend preachers), deceitful workers, transforming (transfiguring) themselves into the apostles of Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:13

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14

Apollo in all of his forms was the bright and morning star filled with light.

but they sought to cast the dolphin overboard. But he kept shaking the black ship every way and make the timbers quiver.

So they sat silent in their craft for fear, and did not loose the sheets throughout the black, hollow ship, nor lowered the sail of their dark-prowed vessel, but as they had set it first of all with oxhide ropes, so they kept sailing on; for a rushing south wind hurried on the swift ship from behind.

First they passed by Malea, and then along the Laconian coast they came to Taenarum, sea-garlanded town and country of Helios who gladdens men, where the thick- fleeced sheep of the lord Helios feed continually and occupy a glad-some country.

There they wished to put their ship to shore, and land and comprehend the great marvel and see with their eyes whether the monster would remain upon the deck of the hollow ship, or spring back into the briny deep where fishes shoal. But the well-built ship would not obey the helm, but went on its way all along Peloponnesus:

and the lord,far-working Apollo, guided (navigated) it easily with the breath of the breeze. So the ship ran on its course and came to Arena and lovely Argyphea and Thryon, the ford of Alpheus, and well-placed Aepy and sandy Pylos and the men of Pylos; past Cruni it went and Chalcis and past Dyme and fair Elis, where the Epei rule.

And at the time when she was making for Pherae, exulting in the breeze from Zeus, there appeared to them below the clouds the steep mountain of Ithaca, and Dulichium and Same and wooded Zacynthus. But when they were passed by all the coast of Peloponnesus, then, towards Crisa,

that vast gulf began to heave in sight which through all its length cuts off the rich isle of Pelops. There came on them a strong, clear west- wind by ordinance of Zeus and blew from heaven vehemently, that with all speed the ship might finish coursing over the briny water of the sea.

So they began again to voyage back towards the dawn and the sun: and the lord Apollo, son of Zeus, led them on until they reached far-seen Crisa, land of vines, and into haven: there the sea-coursing ship grounded on the sands.

Arriving at his temple, Apollo a Lucifer figure changes from a dolphin form to that of a man.

440-451 - Then, like a star at noonday, the lord, far-working Apollo, leaped from the ship:
........... flashes of fire flew from him thick and their brightness reached to heaven.

He entered into his shrine between priceless tripods, and there made a flame to flare up bright, showing forth the splendour of his shafts, so that their radiance filled all Crisa,

and the wives and well-girded daughters of the Crisaeans raised a cry at that outburst of Phoebus; for he cast great fear upon them all. From his shrine he sprang forth again, swift as a thought, to speed again to the ship,

bearing the form of a man, brisk and sturdy, in the prime of his youth,
while his broad shoulders were covered
with his hair: and he spoke to the Cretans, uttering winged words:

Like Satan in the garden of Eden, Apollo plays dumb.

452-461 - "Strangers, who are you? Whence come you sailing along the paths of the sea? Are you for traffic, or do you wander at random over the sea as pirates do who put their own lives to hazard and bring mischief to men of foreign parts as they roam?

Why rest you so and are afraid, and do not go ashore nor stow the gear of your black ship?
For that is the custom of men who live by bread, whenever they come to land in their dark ships from the main, spent with toil; at once
desire for sweet food catches them about the heart."

[Eat, drink and be merry]

462-473 - So speaking, he put courage in their hearts, and the master of the Cretans answered him and said:

"Stranger -- though you are nothing like mortal men in shape or stature, but are as the deathless gods -- hail and all happiness to you, and may the gods give you good.

Now tell me truly that I may surely know it: what country is this, and what land, and what men live herein? As for us, with thoughts set otherwards, we were sailing over the great sea to Pylos from Crete (for from there we declare that we are sprung), but now are come on shipboard to this place by no means willingly -- another way and other paths -- and gladly would we return.
........... But one of the deathless gods brought us here against our will."

Now that I have lured you into my land you can get rich as my slave ministers.

See Second Adam and Eve

474-501 - Then far-working Apollo answered then and said: "Strangers who once dwelt about wooded Cnossos but now shall return no more each to his loved city and fair house and dear wife;

here shall you keep my rich temple that is honoured by many men. I am the son of Zeus; Apollo is my name:
but you I brought here over the
wide gulf of the sea, meaning you no hurt; nay, here you shall keep my rich temple that is greatly honoured among men, and you shall know the plans of the deathless gods,
........... and by their will you shall be honoured continually for all time. And now come, make haste and do as I say. First loose the sheets and lower the sail, and then draw the swift ship up upon the land.
Take out
your goods and the gear of the straight ship, and make an altar upon the beach of the sea: light fire upon it and make an offering of white meal.
stand side by side around the altar and pray: and in as much as at the first on the hazy sea I sprang upon the swift ship in the form of a dolphin,

pray to me as Apollo Delphinius (This became Delphi rather than Pytho); also the altar itself shall be called Delphinius and overlooking (12) for ever.

(12) The epithets are transferred from the god to his altar "Overlooking" is especially an epithet of Zeus, as in Apollonius Rhodius ii. 1124

Afterwards, sup beside your dark ship and pour an offering to the blessed gods who dwell on Olympus.

But when you have put away craving for sweet food, come with me singing the hymn Ie Paean (Hail, Healer!), until you come to the place where you shall keep my rich temple."

The tholos (circular building), built c. 390 BC, at Marmaria, Delphi, Greece. Copyright Farrell Grehan--Photo Researchers .

Clement of Alexandria, Stromata I

"Callithoe, key-bearer of the Olympian queen:

Argive Hera, who first with fillets and with fringes
The queen's tall column all around adorned."
Further, the author of Europiarelates that the statue of Apollo at Delphi
was a pillar in these words:-
"That to the god first-fruits and tithes we may
On sacred pillars and on lofty column hang."
And they followed like lambs Navigating the Winds of Change

502-523 - So said Apollo. And they readily harkened to him and obeyed him. First they unfastened the sheets and let down the sail and lowered the mast by the forestays upon the mast- rest. Then, landing upon the beach of the sea, they hauled up the ship from the water to dry land and fixed long stays under it. Also they made an altar upon the beach of the sea, and when they had lit a fire, made an offering of white meal, and prayed standing around the altar as Apollo had bidden them.

Then they took their meal by the swift, black ship, and poured an offering to the blessed gods who dwell on Olympus.
And when they had put away craving for drink and food, they started out

with the lord Apollo, the son of Zeus, to lead them,
holding a lyre in his hands, and playing sweetly as he stepped high and featly.

So the Cretans followed him to Pytho, marching in time as they chanted the Ie Paean after the manner of the Cretan paean-singers
........... and of those in whose hearts the heavenly Muse has put sweet-voiced song.

With tireless feet they approached the ridge and straightway came to Parnassus and the lovely place where they were to dwell honoured by many men. There Apollo brought them and showed them his most holy sanctuary and rich temple.

But Apollo really has nothing to offer. Give up silly work and live off the lambs.

524-525 - But their spirit was stirred in their dear breasts, and the master of the Cretans asked him, saying:

526-530 - "Lord, since you have brought us here far from our dear ones and our fatherland, -- for so it seemed good to your heart,
........... tell us now how we shall live. That we would know of you.
........... This land is not to be desired either for vineyards or for pastures
........... ........... so that we can live well thereon
........... ........... and also minister to men."

Apollo (Satan) has a better scheme: don"t tend the garden, get smart

531-544 - Then Apollo, the son of Zeus, smiled upon them and said: "Foolish mortals and poor drudges are you, that you seek cares and hard toils and straits!
........... Easily will I tell you a word and set it in your hearts.

Though each one of you with knife in hand should slaughter sheep continually, yet would you always have abundant store,
even all that the glorious tribes of men bring here for me.

But guard you my temple and receive the tribes of men that gather to this place,
and especially
show mortal men my will, and do you keep righteousness in your heart.

But if any shall be disobedient and pay no heed to my warning, of if there shall be any
idle word or deed and outrage as is common among mortal men,
other men shall be your masters and with a strong hand shall make you subject for ever. All has been told you: do you keep it in your heart."

So they are trapped and threatened if they try to get out of it.

545-546 - And so, farewell, son of Zeus and Leto; but I will remember you and another hymn also.

XXI. TO APOLLO (5 lines) (Abaddon Apollo Apollyon)

(1-4) Phoebus, of you even the swan sings with clear voice to the beating of his wings, as he alights upon the bank by the eddying river Peneus; and of you the sweet-tongued minstrel, holding his high-pitched lyre, always sings both first and last.

(l. 5) And so hail to you, lord! I seek your favour with my song.


(ll. 1-5) I will begin with the Muses and Apollo and Zeus. For it is through the Muses and Apollo that there are singers upon the earth and players upon the lyre; but kings are from Zeus. Happy is he whom the Muses love: sweet flows speech from his lips.

And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; Rev 18:22

Mousikos (g3451) moo-sik-os'; from Mousa , (a Muse); "musical", i.e. (as noun) a minstrel: - musician

And when Jesus came into the rulers house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, Matt 9:23

Auletes (g834) ow-lay-tace'; from 832; a flute- player: - minstrel, piper.

Auleo (g832) ow-leh'-o; from 836; to play the flute: - pipe.

And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented. Mt.11:17

They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept. Lu.7:32

And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? 1Co.14:7

While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogues house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? Mark 5:35

And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. Mark 5:38

Thorubos (g2351) thor'-oo-bos; from the base of 2360; a disturbance: - tumult, uproar.

Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult. Acts 24:18

Threneo (g2354) thray-neh'-o; from 2355; to bewail: - lament, mourn.

They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept. Lu.7:32

Thriambeuo (g2358) three-am-byoo'-o; from a prol. comp. of the base of 2360 and a der. of 680 (mean. a noisy iambus, sung in honor of Bacchus); to make an acclamatory procession, i.e. (fig.) to conquer or (by Hebr.) to give victory: - (cause) to triumph (over).

Throeo (g2360) thro-eh'-o; from threomai , (to wail); to clamor, i.e. (by impl.) to frighten: - trouble

And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. Mark 5:39

(ll. 6-7) Hail, children of Zeus! Give honour to my song! And now I will remember you and another song also.

XXI. TO APOLLO (5 lines)

(ll. 1-4) Phoebus, of you even the swan sings with clear voice to the beating of his wings, as he alights upon the bank by the eddying river Peneus; and of you the sweet-tongued minstrel, holding his high-pitched lyre, always sings both first and last.

(l. 5) And so hail to you, lord! I seek your favour with my song.


(ll. 1-5) I will begin with the Muses and Apollo and Zeus. For it is through the Muses and Apollo that there are singers upon the earth and players upon the lyre; but kings are from Zeus. Happy is he whom the Muses love: sweet flows speech from his lips.

(ll. 6-7) Hail, children of Zeus! Give honour to my song! And now I will remember you and another song also.

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