Apollonian

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Refers to one of Ruth Benedict's polar types in her comparative ethnology of North American indigenous peoples. Apollonian culture is typified by members manifesting behaviors that keep them in the middle of the road, that exemplify moderation, sobriety, and restraint. Individuals within an Apollonian culture do not attempt to meddle with frenzied and disruptive psychological states as do members of Dionysian cultures. -- Ruth Benedict, Patterns of Culture (New York: Mentor Books, 1960)


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