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Another look at Virgil’s Ganymede

Philip Hardie

in Classics in Progress

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780197263235
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734328 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263235.003.0014

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

Another look at Virgil’s Ganymede

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The twentieth century was marked by an accelerating intensity of critical attention to Virgil, triggered initially by a revaluation of the merits of Latin literature in comparison to its Greek models. This chapter takes a short passage of the Aeneid, what might appear little more than a vignette, and offers a reading both intensive in its detailed teasing out of the text, and extensive in the networks of allusion and meaning in which this passage is caught. It draws on some of the reader-response approaches which developed in the later part of that century. Michael Putnam's interpretation lays emphasis on elements that are suppressed in this description of the Ganymede story: Jupiter's erotic delight in his human prey, and the triumphant elevation of the boy to immortality on Olympus.

Keywords: Virgil; Latin literature; Aeneid; Michael Putnam; Ganymede

Chapter.  14109 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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