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Olen (poet)

Olen was a legendary early poet from Lycia who went to Delos, where his hymns celebrating the first handmaidens of Apollo in the island of the god's birth and other "ancient hymns" were still part of the cult at Delos in the time of Herodotus: The hieratic poetry of Olen is now entirely lost. Pausanias wrote, "The Lycian Olen, an earlier poet, who composed for the Delians, among other hymns, one to Eileithyia, styles her 'the clever spinner', clearly identifying her with fate, and makes her older than Cronos." (Description of Greece 8.21.3). Apparently Olen's hymn reflected the pre-Hellenic role of Eileithyia, whom Olympian mythographers like Hesiod recast as a daughter of Zeus and Hera.

The Delphian Pythia Boeo attributed to him the introduction of the cult of Apollo and the invention of the epic meter. Many hymns, nomes (simple songs to accompany the circular dance of the chorus), and oracles, attributed to Olen, were preserved in Delos, revered as Apollo's birthplace. "The legend which was especially attributed to him was that of Apollo's sojourn among the Hyperboreans."

Olen

Olen may refer to:

Places
  • Olen, Belgium, a municipality in the province of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Olen, Russia, a village in Tula Oblast, Russia
  • Ølen, a former municipality in the county of Rogaland, Norway
People
  • Olen (poet), an ancient Greek poet from Lycia
  • Olen Steinhauer (b. 1970), a US novelist
  • Olen Underwood, an American football player

Usage examples of "olen".

Suddenly some of the boys, Baruch and Olen in particular, were almost as tall as Bart himself.

When he joined the other people he found Olen half bald, and learned that Basil had gone back to communing with the stars.

A new president, Olen, had just been elected for a two-year term, and he pledged in a vague way to get things moving.

His day was almost over before he heard something exciting: it was no longer quite certain that Olen and Mat were dead.

The rumor flew by that Mal and Olen were perhaps still alive, and somehow responsible for the blast.

Mal and Olen were perhaps still alive, and somehow responsible for the blast.

Vandershoof in a hushed voice and a thrill of horror went through the Olen as they recognized the truth of his words.

The Hyperborean Olen, one of the oldest symbols of the religious antiquity of Greece, made Love the First-born of Nature.

The Hyperborean Olen, one of the oldest symbols of the religious antiquity of Greece, made Love the First-born of Nature.

Olen: one of the earliest symbols of Grecian religion was the Hyperborean, 683-u.