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The story of Actaeon and the inevitability of myth

Hawes, Greta


Comparison of ancient accounts of the myth of Actaeon shows that, while the nature of his offense differs markedly between sources, the form of his death is stable throughout antiquity. This chapter uses observations from Nick Lowe and Ada Neschke-Hentschke about the paradigmatic functioning of myths to consider how the inevitability of Actaeon’s end could be harnessed to lend specific narrative colouring to retellings. It uses Ovid’s account of Actaeon in the Metamorphoses to examine the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: La mitologia griega en la tradicion literaria: de la Antiguedad a la Grecia contemporanea (Greek mythology in the literary tradition: from Antiquity to contemporary Greece)


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