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Perseus

Author: Daniel Ogden
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2008.
Series: Gods and heroes of the ancient world.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The son of Zeus, Perseus belongs in the first rank of Greek heroes. Indeed to some he was a greater hero even than Heracles. With the help of Hermes and Athena he slew the Gorgon Medusa, conquered a mighty sea monster and won the hand of the beautiful princess Andromeda. This volume tells of his enduring myth, its rendering in art and literature, and its reception through the Roman period and up to the modern day.  Read more...
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Ogden, Daniel.
Perseus.
London ; New York : Routledge, 2008
(OCoLC)1035015693
Named Person: Perseus.; Perseus; Perseus, (Greek mythological character); Perseus, (Greek mythological character)
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Ogden
ISBN: 9780415427241 041542724X 9780415427258 0415427258 9780203932131 0203932137
OCLC Number: 163604137
Description: xxiv, 194 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: Why Perseus? --
1. Introducing Perseus --
Key Themes --
2. The family saga --
The family saga on stage --
The impregnation of Danae --
The chest and its mythological comparanda --
Acrisius' motivations and the feud with the line of Proetus --
Perseus' childhood --
Polydectes' trick --
The war against Dionysus --
The death of Perseus --
Overview --
3. Medusa and the Gorgons --
The origins of the Gorgon-head and of the Medusa story --
The development of the quest narrative: Aeschylus and Pherecydes --
Perseus' equipment --
Where did the Gorgons live? --
Gorgon weaponry --
The corruption and punishment of Medusa --
The female groups: Gorgons, Graeae, Nymphs, Hesperides and Nereids --
Athena, Perseus, Bellerophon and the dragons --
Perseus and Jason: quest narrative and myths of maturation --
Overview --
4. Andromeda and the Sea-monster --
The origins of the Andromeda tale --
The tragic Andromeda --
The imperial Andromeda --
The catasterisms --
Eros and eroticism --
From Arcadia to India: Black Andromeda? --
The kētos: a natural history --
The Andromeda tale in context: Hesione and the dragons --
Folktale comparanda --
Overview --
5. The use and abuse of Perseus --
Perseus in the Argolid --
Perseus in Seriphos and Larissa --
Perseus in Athens and Sparta --
Perseus in Persia --
Perseus in Egypt --
Perseus in the Macedonian and Helenistic dynasties --
Perseus in Rome and Italy --
Perseus in Roman Asia Minor --
Perseus rationalised --
Overview --
Perseus Afterwards --
6. Perseus after antiquity --
From Fulgentius to Freud: three ages in the allegorisation of the Medusa tale --
The Christian Perseus: St George and Princess Sabra, Roger and Angelica --
Burne-Jones' Perseus Series --
Overview --
Conclusion: The personality of Perseus.
Series Title: Gods and heroes of the ancient world.
Responsibility: Daniel Ogden.
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