(Ὠλήν/Ōlḗn). Founder of a cult, from the time before Orpheus (Paus. 9,27,2), from Lycia (Callim. H. 4,304-305) or descending from the Hyperboreans (Paus. 10,5,7-8). O. brought the worship of Apollo (cf. his epithet Lýkeios , Aesch. Ag. 1257) to Delphi (Paus. 10,5,7-8). He also brought hymns to Eileithyia (ibid. 1,18,5), Hera (ibid. 2,13,3) and the Hyperboreans Opis and Arge (Hdt. 4,35) to Delos, where these hymns were still sung in the 2nd cent. AD; Pausanias quotes them (2,13,3; 5,7,8; 8,21,3; 9,27,2).
Cite this pageHarmon, Roger (Basle), “Olen”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 16 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e829850>
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