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(Χάριτες [Chárites]; Latin Gratiae)

A. Myth

When in the sixth book of his Poetica Aristotle specifies myth as the lynchpin of tragedy, he means by this, with good reason, ‘action’ (praxis) and the ‘representation’ (mimesis) of action. Accordingly, a mythical figure is normally characterized by its story or a group of stories. This ‘normal’ mythological situation does not apply to the C. [6.5].

Rather, the C. stand throughout antiquity and well into the modern period for a particular ‘essence’, the nature of…

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Kaminski, Nicola, “Charites”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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