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Cretan Women: Pasiphae, Ariadne, and Phaedra in Latin Poetry

Rebecca Armstrong


This book studies in detail the representations of Pasiphae, Ariadne, and Phaedra in Latin poetry. It investigates both the literary history of the myths (the Greek roots, the interactions between Roman versions) and their cultural resonance. In addition to close readings of the major treatments of each woman's story (in Catullus, Virgil, Ovid, and Seneca), the book offers extended thematic explorations of the importance of memory, wildness, and morality in the myths. By extending the net to encompass three women (all from the same ill-fated family), the book gives a clear picture of the compl ... More

Keywords: Pasiphae, Ariadne, Phaedra, literary history, myths, Catullus, Virgil, Ovid, Seneca, memory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199284030
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199284030.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca Armstrong, author
Fellow and Tutor in Classics, St Hilda's College, and Department of Classics, Oxford University
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