The dichotomy between the Apollonian and Dionysian has been a mainstay of Western philosophy for centuries; it hearkens back to a comparison between two sons of Zeus, Apollo the god of reason and harmony, and Dionysus the god of absurdity and chaos. From the characterization of these two gods we inherit our understanding of the Apollonian and Dionysian. Popular media in this day and age has veered from the Apollonian bent that it had acquired during the Enlightenment and has embraced the use of regular appeals to emotion, sensation, and sentiment; in a sense the popular media has become much more Dionysian in character. This journal stands in opposition to the embrace of sensationalist rhetoric and sophistic journalists, we instead have committed ourselves to solely using plain reasoning and logic in an effort to give our readers interesting articles and essays to read as well as a better understanding of the world around them.



In the late spring of 2014, the Apollonian Revolt was founded. Initially, our community consisted of little more than AR‘s first editor, Michael Shindler, and a few of his colleagues, but as the months wore on, we grew to encompass a wide variety of resident authors and contributors from across the globe. No one in our community is monetarily compensated for the time and labor which they have each given unto our cause; knowing that the discourse has been furthered is reward enough.

Since the journal’s founding, our readership has swelled to include thousands from all around the world. Additionally, our internship program has helped to make tens of students and recent graduates better at researching and articulating their arguments. We can only hope that the trajectory of our journal’s future mirrors that of its history.



The phrase,”multitudo sapientium sanitas orbis” comes from the Vulgate, Wisdom of Solomon 6:24. The phrase translates into English as, ‘a multitude of the wise are the health of the world.’


Friends of the Apollonian Revolt:

RecentlyAOB, two of our journal’s contributors, Elijah Reiss and Peter Kharmandarian, founded a journal called Art on the Banks, which features articles on art history and heritage. Check them out here.