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Cretan Women: Pasiphae, Ariadne, and Phaedra in Latin Poetry (Rebecca Armstrong) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2006) 9780199284030
Cretan Women: Pasiphae, Ariadne, and Phaedra in Latin Poetry (Rebecca Armstrong) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2006) 9780199284030
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Title: Cretan Women: Pasiphae, Ariadne, and Phaedra in Latin Poetry

Author: Armstrong, Rebecca

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2006

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780199284030

Volumes: 1; Pages: 320

List Price in Cloth: $125.00 Our price: $101.99

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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 the major 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 clear picture of the complexity and fascinating interconnectedness of myths and texts in Ancient Rome.ContentsEthics and poetics: literary and personal memory in representations of Cretan women 2 The call of the wild 3 Vice and virtue 4 Pasiphae in the Ecologues and Ars Amatoria 5 Ariadne in Catullus 6 Ariadne and Ovid 7 Phaedra from elegiac lover to stoic anti-exemplum?: Heroides 4 and Seneca, Phaedra App. 1 Crete in history: perpetuating the stereotypes? App. 2 The catasterism of Ariadne's crown and the memory of love
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