By Rebecca Armstrong
During this specified research of the representations of Pasiphae, Ariadne, and Phaedra in Latin poetry, Rebecca Armstrong investigates either the literary background of the myths (the Greek roots, the interactions among Roman models) and their cultural resonance. as well as shut readings of the most important remedies of every woman's tale (in Catullus, Virgil, Ovid, and Seneca), she deals prolonged thematic explorations of the significance of reminiscence, wildness, and morality within the myths. through extending the internet to surround 3 ladies (all from an identical ill-fated family), the ebook provides a transparent photograph of the complexity and interesting interconnectedness of myths and texts in old Rome.
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I hope it will be obvious that I do not consider these the only questions to be asked, and I readily acknowledge that there are frequently times when other, more complex, often more theory-driven, questions yield more interesting answers. Nonetheless, to neglect this side of literary criticism is, I believe, to make the process artiWcially, overly cerebral. Instinct, emotion, and personal reaction cannot and should not be eradicated from our readings and interpretations of texts, and on this point both postmodernists and romantics can, I assume, agree.
Rather than 63 In certain respects, my work has similarities with that of Spentzou (2003), who makes an eloquent case for setting the female writers of the Heroides in the limelight and giving them due attention, rather than focus purely on the cleverness of Ovid and the amusement of the learned reader. 28 Introduction throw up my hands in horror at the prejudice of the ancients, I try to examine the subtleties of the representations, and Wnd ways in which it is possible either to discern understanding (and even proto-feminism) displayed in terms potentially accessible to the contemporary author and audience, or to rehabilitate the texts to suit our own (my own) modern tastes.
5. UNDERPINNINGS AND ASSUMPTIONS Much as I view the myths from diVerent angles, so at times I make more use of one particular methodology or theoretical position, and later abandon or sideline it in favour of another. I do not regard it as always either necessary or desirable to adhere strictly to one particular theory, and I hope that this study will demonstrate that Xuidity and variation in approach can yield insights and enable connections to be made which might be ruled out by a more rigid, exclusive reading.
Cretan Women: Pasiphae, Ariadne, and Phaedra in Latin Poetry (Oxford Classical Monographs) by Rebecca Armstrong