Aphrodite and Venus in Myth and Mimesis by Nora Clark

By Nora Clark

Aphrodite and Venus in fable and Mimesis is a large, versatile resource publication of comparative literature and cultural stories. It promotes the wide-ranging presence and impression of well-known idiosyncratic personalities in fabled goddess mythology and its emphatic notions of endearment and attract. The e-book brings jointly seven-hundred said assets drawn from successive ancient, worldwide and literary eras, together with primary commentaries, in addition to real details and critical renditions in artwork, prose and verse, inside of and past mainstream western tradition. A long, distinctive advent provides a copious documented preview of the practicable edition and mimesis of 'divine' characterization and its respective centrality from the lengthy far away earlier to the current day. fantasy, hardly ever latent, demonstrates various modes of expression and open-ended flexibility during the six finished chapters which light up and probe, in flip, facets of the ideological presence, sensibilities, trials and triumphs and interventions of the goddess, no matter if sacred or profane. specific literary extracts and episodes variety throughout historical cultures along rather contemporary expressions of hermeneutics, mixing delusion with the modern within the multi-layered reception or admonishment of the goddess, even if through one designation or the opposite. As such, this booklet is utterly suitable to all levels of the evolution and enlargement of a dynamic eu literary tradition and its major authors and personalities.

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Hesiod calls her “Aphrodite, the Cyprus born,” a Greek name perhaps adapted from the collective semitic name for the Ishtar, Ashtart, Astarte trio. The name “Aphrodite” came into usage in the fourth century BC. , 1812. , 1823. 70 The Poetics of Aristotle (1-II), S. H. htm . 71 Stephen Halliwell, The Aesthetics of Mimesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Problems (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002), 97. 69 Aphrodite and Venus: Myth Timeless and Temporal 33 The oral epic poetry of ancient Greece is identified with Homer’s two great epics and, as with Hesiod, there remains a lack of factual certainty for scholars of either.

82 M. I. Finley’s chapter “The Dark Age and the Homeric Poems” muses on Homer, the ambiguous human and divine. Moses Finley (1912–1986), an American professor who relocated to Cambridge during the early 1950s, wrote extensively on ancient Greek economy, ideology, archaeology and its legacy. His books are renowned for succinctness and accessibility; here, he credits man’s creative powers: 82 Andrew Miller, Greek Lyric: An Anthology in Translation (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 1999), 27. Bowra’s corrective points out, however, that the older Mimnermus did eventually write on patriotic and glorious themes.

On the Syrian Goddess is a Latin work in the sub-dialect Ionic Greek style of Herodotus. It gives a specific description of religious cult practices in Hierapolis in Syria, with mass worship centring upon the rich sanctuary of the goddess, the Ionic Temple architecture, male votive figures, orgiastic and divination rituals, festivities and sacred professions. Lucian’s style, despite that elegance which impressed someone like Marcus Aurelius, for instance, contains belittling of pagan religions in keeping with his cynicism towards Christianity.

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