Classical Mythology in English Literature: A Critical Anthology

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writer. (With the development of cinematic 'morphing' effects, surely Meta-morphoses: The Movie cannot be far off?) At any rate, it seems a safe bet that, so long as our civilisation lasts through the new millennium, the classical myths will survive as well.


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Troilus appears in Homer, and Cressida is distantly derived from Homer's Briseis and Chryseis (in Iliad, book 1), but the love story is a medieval invention (by the twelfth-century French poet Benoît de Saint-Maure). The medieval writers, of course, had no access to Homer; their main authorities were two late classical prose works, claiming to be eyewitness accounts of the war, by 'Dares the Phrygian' and 'Dictys the Cretan'.
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In Italy the 'Renaissance' is the period from the late fourteenth century to the midsixteenth century. In England it comes a century later, stretching from the end of the fifteenth century (1485, the accession of the first Tudor king Henry VII, is a conventional marker) to the mid-seventeenth century (conventional dates are 1642, the beginning of the Civil War, or 1660, the Restoration of Charles II). Of course, any such dates are arbitrary markers for processes of gradual cultural change.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xii
  • Part 1 1
  • 1 - The Myth-Kitty 3
  • Notes 19
  • 2 - A Rough Guide to the Gods 20
  • 3 - A Mythical History of the World in One Chapter 35
  • Notes 58
  • Part 2 59
  • 4 - Orpheus 61
  • Notes 74
  • 5 - Venus and Adonis 196
  • Other Versions of Venus and Adonis 329
  • 6 - Pygmalion 332
  • Notes 345
  • Bibliography 450
  • Index of Mythological Names 453
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