Brill's Companion to Aphrodite

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Brill's Companion to Aphrodite brings together an international and multidisciplinary team of experts in the study of Aphrodite—one of the best known, yet ambiguous and complex Graeco-Roman deities. The contributions, which reevaluate conventional approaches to this remarkable goddess, are thematically grouped in four parts according to aspects of the goddess: 'Aphrodite’s Identity’; ‘Aphrodite's Companions and Relations’; ‘The Spread of Aphrodite’s Cults’ and ‘The Reception of the Goddess.’ Each part draws on ...

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Overview

Brill's Companion to Aphrodite brings together an international and multidisciplinary team of experts in the study of Aphrodite—one of the best known, yet ambiguous and complex Graeco-Roman deities. The contributions, which reevaluate conventional approaches to this remarkable goddess, are thematically grouped in four parts according to aspects of the goddess: 'Aphrodite’s Identity’; ‘Aphrodite's Companions and Relations’; ‘The Spread of Aphrodite’s Cults’ and ‘The Reception of the Goddess.’ Each part draws on literary and visual sources, incorporates Greek, Roman, and later material, and ranges across places and periods—from prehistoric Cyprus and the Near East to the antiquities market in 19th century France. This book therefore crosses interdisciplinary boundaries, as well as the multiple aspects and characteristics of the goddess

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Amy C. Smith, PhD (1997) in Classical Archaeology, Yale University, is Senior Lecturer in Classics and Curator of the Ure Museum, University of Reading. She has published widely on Graeco-Roman art in the spheres of politics, myth and religion.

Sadie Pickup is a DPhil candidate in Classical Archaeology at the University of Oxford. She also works in the Department of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and is a Sessional Lecturer in Classics at the University of Reading.

Contributors are Vinciane Pirenne-Delforge, Vered Lev Kenaan, James Burbidge, Stephanie L. Budin, Gabriella Pironti, Annette Teffeteller, Kassandra Jackson, Anja Ulbrich, Elisabetta Pala, Chryssanthi Papadopoulou, Alexander Nagel, Sophie Montel, Jenny Wallensten, Rachel Kousser, Margherita Carucci, Anthousa Papagiannaki, David Bellingham, and Anna Gruetzner Robins

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments IX

Abbreviations XI

List of illustrations XIII

Introduction

Chapter 1 Flourishing Aphrodite: An Overview Vinciane Pirenne-Delforge 3

Chapter 2 Budding Aphrodite: Into the Future Sadie Pickup Amy C. Smith 17

Part 1 Aphrodite's Identity

Chapter 3 Aphrodite: The Goddess of Appearances Vered Lev Kenaan 29

Chapter 4 O quam te memorem, virgo? Interpreting Venus in Aeneid 1.314-417 James Burbidge 51

Chapter 5 Aphrodite Enoplion Stephanie L. Budin 79

Chapter 6 Rethinking Aphrodite as a Goddess at Work Gabriella Pironti 113

Part 2 Aphrodite's Companions and Relations

Chapter 7 The Song of Ares and Aphrodite: Ašertu on Skheria Annette Teffeteller 133

Chapter 8 Father-Daughter Dynamics in the Iliad: The Role of Aphrodite in Defining Zeus' Regime Kassandra Jackson 151

Part 3 The Spread of Aphrodite's Cults

Chapter 9 Images of Cypriot Aphrodite in her Sanctuaries during the Age of the City-Kingdoms Anja Ulbrich 167

Chapter 10 Aphrodite on the Akropolis: Evidence from Attic Pottery Elisabetta Pala 195

Chapter 11 Aphrodite and the Fleet in Classical Athens Chryssanthi Papadopoulou 217

Chapter 12 Encountering the World of Aphrodite on the Western Greek Mainland Alexander Nagel 235

Chapter 13 The Architectural Setting of the Knidian Aphrodite Sophie Montel 251

Chapter 14 Interactive Aphrodite: Greek Responses to the Idea of Aphrodite as Ancestress of the Romans Jenny Wallensten 269

Part 4 The Reception of the Goddess

Chapter 15 Augustan Aphrodites: The Allure of Greek Art in Roman Visual Culture Rachel Kousser 287

Chapter 16 Aphrodite and the Spectacle of the Amphitheatre in Roman Africa Margherita Carucci 307

Chapter 17 Aphrodite in Late Antique and Medieval Byzantium Anthousa Papagiannaki 321

Chapter 18 Aphrodite Deconstructed: Botticelli's Venus and Mars in the National Gallery, London David Bellingham 347

Chapter 19 Reflections in a Mirror: Bonnards Aphrodite Anna Gruetzner Robins 375

Bibliography 387

Periodization of Antiquity 421

General Index 423

Geographic Index 433

Index of Personal Names 437

Monumenta 443

Testimonia 449

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