The Early Amazons: Modern and Ancient Perspectives on a Persistent Myth

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BRILL, 1995 - 473 Seiten
"The Early Amazons" offers a new understanding of the ancient Amazon myth, situating mythical representations in the realm of cultural history. The first section examines how the Amazons have presented a challenge to views on history, myth and gender in classical mythology from the late eighteenth century up to the impact of structuralism. Topics included are nineteenth-century historiography and the interest in linguistics. The second section sheds new light on the culture of archaic Greece, offering a coherent assessment of literary and visual representations. Taking mythical narrative as a form of oral storytelling, it shows the emergence of the Amazon motif and its meaning in the world of epic. Iconographical analysis reveals how the visual arts have made a contribution of their own to the imaginary presence of the Amazons.
 

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Introduction
1
Interpretations of the Amazon myth in
21
myth ancient and modern
83
The Homeric formula
145
Penthesileia
195
Priamos and Bellerophontes
289
Herakles and the sixthcentury development
349
Conclusions
431
Bibliography
443
Index
461
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Josine H. Blok, Ph.D. (1991) at the University of Leiden, is associate professor of history at the University of Groningen. She has published on modern and ancient cultural history, with specific interest in historiography, myth and women's history.

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