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Perseus

Daniel Ogden.
  • London ; New York : Routledge, 2008.
  • xxiv, 194 pages : illustrations; 21 cm.
Subjects
Series
Contents
  • Ancient authors and Fragments
  • Why Perseus?
  • 1. Introducing Perseus
  • Key Themes
  • 2. Family Saga
  • family saga on stage
  • impregnation of Danae
  • chest and its mythological comparanda
  • Acrisius' motivations and the feud with the line of Proetus
  • Perseus' childhood
  • Polydectes' trick
  • war against Dionysus
  • death of Perseus
  • Overview
  • 3. Medusa and the Gorgons
  • origins of the Gorgon-head and of the Medusa story
  • development of the quest narrative: Aeschylus and Pherecydes
  • Perseus' equipment
  • Where did the Gorgons live?
  • Gorgon weaponry
  • corruption and punishment of Medusa
  • female groups: Gorgons, Graeae, Nymphs, Hesperides and Nereids
  • Athena, Perseus, Bellerophon and the dragons
  • Perseus and Jason: quest narratives and myths of maturation
  • Overview
  • 4. Andromeda and the Sea-Monster
  • origins of the Andromeda tale
  • tragic Andromeda
  • imperial Andromeda
  • catasterisms
  • Eros and eroticism
  • From Arcadia to India: Black Andromeda?
  • ketos: a natural history
  • Andromeda tale in context: Hesione and the dragons
  • Folktale comparanda
  • Overview
  • 5. Use and Abuse of Perseus
  • Perseus in the Argolid
  • Perseus in Seriphos and Larissa
  • Perseus in Athens and Sparta
  • Perseus in Persia
  • Perseus in Egypt
  • Perseus in the Macedonian and Hellenistic dynasties
  • Perseus in Rome and Italy
  • Perseus in Roman Asia Minor
  • Perseus rationalised
  • Overview
  • Perseus Afterwards
  • 6. Perseus After Antiquity
  • From Fulgentius to Freud: three ages in the allegorisation of the Medusa tale
  • Christian Perseus: St George and Princess Sabra, Roger and Angelica
  • Burne-Jones' Perseus Series
  • Overview
  • Conclusion: The Personality of Perseus
  • Literary sources for the Perseus cycle
  • Family tree.
Other information
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. [154]-181) and index.
ISBN
  • 9780415427241 (hardback : alk. paper)
  • 041542724X (hardback : alk. paper)
  • 9780415427258 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • 0415427258 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • 9780203932131 (ebk.)
  • 0203932137 (ebk.)
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 2007031552
  • OCLC: 163604137
  • OCLC: 163604137