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Cretan Women

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"Cretan Women examines the ways in which myths about Pasiphae, Ariadne, and Phaedra come to be woven into the fabric of the Roman literary world. Both forming and conforming to the stereotype of the lustful Cretan woman, these are characters who walk the boundaries between the wild and the tame, the virtuous and the vicious, the abominable and the divine. As Cretans, the women belong to an island filled with paradox: the cradle of a once great civilization renowned for its laws and justice, it is also a place associated with savagery, duplicity, and mystery. The power of these myths had already made them a popular subject in Greek literature, and the Latin poets come to explore the characters through the lens of earlier poetry as well as their own culture."--Jacket.… (more)
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Cretan Women: Pasiphae, Ariadne, and Phaedra in Latin Poetry by Rebecca Armstrong

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Not revolutionary, but interesting and thought-provoking in an accessible way, also for non-classicists. ( )
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