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The story of Actaeon and the inevitability of myth

Hawes, Greta

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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]

dc.contributor.authorHawes, Greta
dc.contributor.editorAlganza Roldan, M.
dc.contributor.editorPapadopoulous, P.
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-23T05:26:09Z
dc.identifier.isbn978-84-95905-89-5
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/170656
dc.description.abstractComparison 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 broader ancient tradition, arguing that the identification of Actaeon by name functioned in a meta-poetic manner to hasten his death, and that the inevitability of this death brought with it implicit consideration of the workings of justice in the mythic story-world.
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCentre of Byzantine, Modern Greek and Cypriot Studies
dc.relation.ispartofLa mitologia griega en la tradicion literaria: de la Antiguedad a la Grecia contemporanea (Greek mythology in the literary tradition: from Antiquity to contemporary Greece)
dc.relation.isversionof1st Edition
dc.rights© 2017 Centre of Byzantine, Modern Greek and Cypriot Studies
dc.subjectActaeon
dc.subjectOvid
dc.subjectparadigm
dc.subjectdivine justice
dc.subjectexemplum
dc.titleThe story of Actaeon and the inevitability of myth
dc.typeBook chapter
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
dc.date.issued2017
local.identifier.absfor200510 - Latin and Classical Greek Literature
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9803255xPUB2105
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.centrodeestudiosbnch.com/en
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationHawes, Greta, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage79
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage97
local.identifier.absseo950203 - Languages and Literature
dc.date.updated2019-04-14T08:39:22Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationSpain
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