Hero and Leander
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(Ἡρώ [Hērṓ], Latin Hero; Λέανδρος [Léandros], Latin Leander)

A. Myth and basis of reception

H. and L. are star-crossed lovers whose story probably derives from a local legend of the Hellespont and was first adapted in the Hellenistic period [12]. It was the subject of numerous artistic and literary treatments by Greek and esp. Roman writers from the 1st cent. BC, attesting to the popularity and rapid spread of the myth [5]. Two substantial…

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Baumbach, Manuel, “Hero and Leander”, 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 17 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps4_ID_0015>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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