In Pandora's Jar: Lovesickness in Early Greek Poetry

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This study traces developments in early Greek poetry in the use of disease and madness-type imagery to express aspects of the erotic experience. Cyrino also works to illuminate the relationships between the early hexameter narrative poets and the archaic lyric poets who employ this imagery in their works. The arrangement of this study is conveniently chronological as to make the interrelations between the uses of this imagery by different authors in different periods more easily understandable. The author takes ...

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Overview

This study traces developments in early Greek poetry in the use of disease and madness-type imagery to express aspects of the erotic experience. Cyrino also works to illuminate the relationships between the early hexameter narrative poets and the archaic lyric poets who employ this imagery in their works. The arrangement of this study is conveniently chronological as to make the interrelations between the uses of this imagery by different authors in different periods more easily understandable. The author takes particular notice of the first instances of usage of disease and madness imagery for love, and how and where variations on the theme or new uses of the old image occur, and of the characteristic metaphorical habits of each poet. Contents: Preface; Introduction; Eros; Homer; Hesiod and the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite; The Lyric Poets: Archiochos and Alkman; The Lyric Poets: Alkaios, Ibykos and Anakreon; Sappho; Conclusions; Bibliography; Index of Passages Cited; Index of Greek Words; General Index.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819197528
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 4/5/1995
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Monica Silveira Cyrino is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction: Eros 1
2 Homer 7
3 Hesiod and the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite 45
4 The Lyric Poets: Archilochos and Alkman 71
5 The Lyric Poets: Alkaios, Ibykos and Anakreon 91
6 Sappho 133
7 Conclusions 165
Bibliography 169
Index of Passages Cited 177
Index of Greek Words 183
General Index 187
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