Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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Edited by: Maria Moog-Grünewald
The Reception of Myth and Mythology highlights the routes and works through which the myths of Greece and Rome have passed into the cultural memory of Europe over the centuries, into its literature, music and art and its reflections on aesthetics and philosophy.

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Author(s): Lobsien, Eckhard
(Ὀδυσσεύς; Latin Ulixes) A. Myth O., favourite of Athena, is descended from Zeus on his father’s side (Laërtes) and Hermes on his mother’s (Anticlea). His notorious polysemy is founded in this genealogy, and his moral ambiguity not least in the figure of his grandfather, Autolycus, the detested traitor, who made the suggestion to call the boy O. because the name contains the elements of ‘hate’ or ‘wrath’ (Hom. Od. 19,409). He is the mastermind of the Greek campaign against Troy, as brilliant as he is…


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Author(s): Huhn, Helmut | Vöhler, Martin
(Οἰδίπους; Latin Oedipus) A. Antiquity: Canonization of the myth; sources and variants The myth of O. is one of the most influential stories of antiquity [19]; [20]; [8]. At its heart is a double, unwittingly committed breach of taboo: murder of the father and marriage to the mother. These two acts form a narrative core that has given rise to constant new interpretation. The material actually belongs to the cycle of Theban epics and heroic songs. Traces of the old oral tradition are observable in the Iliad (Hom. Il. 23,679) and Odyssey (Hom. Od. 11,271–280) and in Hesiod’s Theogony (Hes. The…