Cretan Women: Pasiphae, Ariadne, and Phaedra in Latin Poetry

Hardcover | March 3, 2006

byRebecca Armstrong

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In this detailed study of the representations of Pasiphae, Ariadne, and Phaedra in Latin poetry, Rebecca Armstrong investigates both the literary history of the myths (the Greek roots, the interactions between Roman versions) and their cultural resonance. In addition to close readings of themajor treatments of each woman's story (in Catullus, Virgil, Ovid, and Seneca), she offers extended thematic explorations of the importance of memory, wildness, and morality in the myths. By extending the net to encompass three women (all from the same ill-fated family), the book gives a clearpicture of the complexity and fascinating interconnectedness of myths and texts in Ancient Rome.

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In this detailed study of the representations of Pasiphae, Ariadne, and Phaedra in Latin poetry, Rebecca Armstrong investigates both the literary history of the myths (the Greek roots, the interactions between Roman versions) and their cultural resonance. In addition to close readings of themajor treatments of each woman's story (in Ca...

Rebecca Armstrong is Fellow and Tutor in Classics, St Hilda's College, and Department of Classics, Oxford University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.07 inPublished:March 3, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199284032

ISBN - 13:9780199284030

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Table of Contents

IntroductionI. Themes1. Ethics and Poetics: Literary and Personal Memory in Representations of Cretan Women2. The Call of the Wild3. Vice and VirtueII. Texts4. Pasiphae in the Eclogues and Ars Amatoria5. Ariadne in Catullus 646. Ariadne and Ovid7. Phaedra from Elegiac Lover to Stoic Anti-Exemplum? Heroides 4 and Seneca, PhaedraConclusion