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date: 13 November 2019

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This article is concerned with Apollo, the Greek god of music, and the brutality he displays whenever his musical talent is challenged. The article also discusses the role music plays in the aestheticization of politics and how it can be used as a form of unwilling listening inflicted as a form of punishment. It relates the myth of Apollo and Marsyas, a mortal who dared challenge the Greek god to a contest of musical skill. This myth is depicted in hundreds of paintings, from Pietro Perugino's late fifteenth-century representation, to more modern depictions. Apollo was also used in paintings that decorated harpsichords and virginals, and his exploits were performed during the ommegang or public parade.

Keywords: Apollo, aestheticization, politics, unwilling listening, brutality, Marsyas, Pietro Perugino, ommegang, harpsichords

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