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Caribbean Classics and the Postcolonial Canon

Emily Greenwood

in Afro-Greeks: Dialogues between Anglophone Caribbean Literature and Classics in the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199575244
eISBN:
9780191722189
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575244.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This final chapter argues that the study of the reception of Classics in the anglophone Caribbean needs to focus not just on the dialogue with the literatures of Greece and Rome, but also on the ... More


Forgetting Epic

Andrew Wallace

in Virgil's Schoolboys: The Poetics of Pedagogy in Renaissance England

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199591244
eISBN:
9780191595561
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591244.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter studies the relationship between one of the central preoccupations of educators (the need not just to teach but also somehow to enforce the retention of knowledge) and one of pedagogy's ... More


‘Strangers are from Zeus’: Homeric Xenia at the Courts of Proteus and Croesus

Elizabeth Vandiver

in Myth, Truth, and Narrative in Herodotus

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199693979
eISBN:
9780191745324
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693979.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses Herodotus' use of the Homeric concept of xenia in the Histories. It argues that the appearance of xenia in key passages reflects the importance of Homeric epic and of the Greek ... More


Returning to Troy: Herodotus and the Mythic Discourse of his own Time

Emily Baragwanath

in Myth, Truth, and Narrative in Herodotus

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199693979
eISBN:
9780191745324
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693979.003.0013
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Herodotus articulates the continuing presence and relevance of myth in the world of the fifth century. This chapter begins by examining an episode near the end of the Histories, where Herodotus ... More


‘Salvationist for Greek Art’: London 1879–1886

Annabel Robinson

in The Life and Work of Jane Ellen Harrison

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199242337
eISBN:
9780191714108
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242337.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The narrative of this chapter covers Harrison's early years in London and on the continent. It traces the influence of Sidney Colvin, Charles Newton, Karl Otfried Müller, Ernst Curtius, and Heinrich ... More


Trojan/French Chaos: Garnier’s La Troade, Homer, and Raison d’État

Marc Bizer

in Homer and the Politics of Authority in Renaissance France

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199731565
eISBN:
9780199918478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731565.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Like Jean de Sponde’s commentary, Robert Garnier’s La Troade is revealing of changing currents in the political thought of its time: through its portrayal of the character Odysseus, the play both ... More


‘Third Cheerleader from the Left’: From Homer’s Helen to Helen of Troy

Ruby Blondell

in Ancient Greek Women in Film

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199678921
eISBN:
9780191760259
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199678921.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The supreme beauty of Helen of Troy makes her the most dangerous of all mythological heroines. Many Greek authors react to the threat she poses by limiting her power, often in the guise of defending ... More


Trojan Itineraries and the Matter of Troy

Marilynn Desmond

in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature: Volume 1: 800–1558

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780199587230
eISBN:
9780191820410
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587230.003.0013
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Although the Homeric epics were unknown in the medieval Latin West, textual treatments of the matter of Troy nonetheless circulated widely, in Latin as well as vernacular literatures. The narrative ... More


The Epic Cycle: A Commentary on the Lost Troy Epics

M. L. West

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199662258
eISBN:
9780191745942
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199662258.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The Iliad and Odyssey do not cover the main story of the Trojan War. The whole saga, which includes Zeus' plan to reduce the world's population, the Judgment of Paris and seduction of Helen, the ... More


Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation

Ruby Blondell

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199731602
eISBN:
9780199344956
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731602.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This book examines Helen of Troy in ancient Greek mythology and literature. It focusses especially on her supreme beauty and its consequences, which make Helen central to many aspects of Greek ... More


Most Beautiful and Best: Euripides’ Helen

Ruby Blondell

in Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199731602
eISBN:
9780199344956
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731602.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter is devoted to Euripides’ tragedy Helen, which challenges the notion of woman as a “beautiful evil” by presenting Helen of Troy as the apogee of virtue. The play is set in the mythic ... More


Helen MacGuffin: Isocrates

Ruby Blondell

in Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199731602
eISBN:
9780199344956
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731602.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter concerns the encomium of Helen of Troy by the fourth-century rhetorician and educator Isocrates. Isocrates gives Helen’s beauty a value that is symbolic and transcendent, in order to ... More


Helen, Daughter of Zeus

Ruby Blondell

in Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199731602
eISBN:
9780199344956
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731602.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter introduces the story of Helen of Troy in Greek mythology: her conception by Zeus, her abduction by Theseus, the oath of the suitors, her marriage to Menelaus, the Judgment of Paris, her ... More


Disarming Beauty: The Iliad

Ruby Blondell

in Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199731602
eISBN:
9780199344956
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731602.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter focuses on Homer’s Iliad, the most canonical version of the story of Helen of Troy and the Trojan War. It starts by discussing Helen’s similarity to Achilles, and epic techniques for ... More


Happily Ever After? The Odyssey

Ruby Blondell

in Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199731602
eISBN:
9780199344956
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731602.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines Helen of Troy in Homer’s Odyssey. Despite her redomestication after the Trojan War, the Odyssey’s Spartan scenes are replete with hints of the threat that Helen continues to ... More


Behind the Scenes: The Oresteia

Ruby Blondell

in Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199731602
eISBN:
9780199344956
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731602.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

After introducing Greek tragedy and its Athenian context, this chapter explores the significance of Helen of Troy for Aeschylus’s trilogy, the Oresteia. Though Helen does not appear on stage, she has ... More


Spartan Woman and Spartan Goddess: Herodotus

Ruby Blondell

in Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199731602
eISBN:
9780199344956
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731602.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines Helen of Troy’s three major appearances in Herodotus’s Histories. The historian takes a rationalistic, demythologizing approach to the Trojan War, but the threat of Helen’s ... More


Enter Helen: Euripides’ Trojan Women

Ruby Blondell

in Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199731602
eISBN:
9780199344956
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731602.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter starts by discussing the techniques used to represent the beauty of Helen of Troy in Euripides’ tragedy Trojan Women, including costume and masking, dramatic context, and textual cues. ... More


Gazing at Helen: Helen as Polysemous Icon in Robert Wise’s Helen of Troy and Michael Cacoyannis’ The Trojan Women

Bella Vivante

in Ancient Greek Women in Film

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199678921
eISBN:
9780191760259
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199678921.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines how depictions of the ancient Greek Helen of Troy in Robert Wise's film Helen of Troy (1956) and Michael Cacoyannis' Trojan Women (1971) cinematically display three concepts of ... More


Constructing Bridges for Peace and Tolerance: Ancient Greek Drama on the Israeli Stage

Nurit Yaari

in Classics in the Modern World: A Democratic Turn?

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199673926
eISBN:
9780191760570
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673926.003.0017
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

At the heart of this chapter is the assertion that the term ‘democratic turn’ makes it possible to identify an important component in the reception of classical Greek drama in Israeli theatre since ... More


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