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The Birth of Tragedy by Friedrich Nietzsche
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Feb 14, 2011

it was amazing

The author, who certainly knew his Greek history, argues that early classical Greek tragedies (i.e. written by Aeschylus and Sophocles) demonstrated an heroic effort to understand and affirm human suffering and existence in a meaningless world. Greek culture was a blend between the Apollonian and the Dionysian. Apollo, the sun god, sought to bring order, meaning, and form to the harsh world people saw around them. Dionysus, the god of wine, sought to immerse people in the immediate changing world of experience. The Dionysian often emphasized the "darker" aspects of life (sexual license, anger, drunkenness, violence, etc.). Nietzsche believed the tension between these two ways of looking at life produced great Art. Later Greek writers and thinkers would emphasize the Apollonian over the Dionysian. Permanent form, meaning and purpose would find it's strongest proponent in Plato. Christianity (which Nietzsche saw as Platonism for the masses) would spread this way of looking at the world throughout Western civilization. Nietzsche preferred a balance between Dionysus and Apollo, the irrational and the rational.
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