Excellent topic for discussion.
I agree with most of your analysis.
Apollonius represents reason, intellect, reality, order and the establishment.
Keats' sympathies are indeed with Lycius as the dreamer, the romantic, the fantasist but that does not mean that he paints Apollonius necessarily in a bad light or as a destroyer.
There is room in the world for people like Lycius and like Apollonius.
Apollonius' role is that of the teacher, the philosopher. His revelation saves Lycius from the horror of his situation - the horror of delusion, folly and entrapment.
Thinking of the time period in which this was written should we perhaps see Brown as Apollonius, Keats as Lycius and Fanny as the Lamia?
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"Oh what a misery it is to have an intellect in splints".