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APOLLYON

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Originally appearing in Volume V02, Page 189 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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APOLLYON, the " foul fiend " who assaulted Christian on his pilgrimage through the Valley of Humiliation in John Bunyan's great allegory. The name (Gr. 'AsroXXbwv), which means " destroyer " (&rroXAbety, to destroy), is taken from Rev. ix. rr, where it represents the Hebrew word Abaddon (lit. " place of destruction," but here personified). The identification with the Asmodeus (q.v.) of Tobit iii. 8 is erroneous.
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