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Scylla
Myth, Metaphor, Paradox

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  • Date Published: December 2012
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  • isbn: 9781139848305

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  • What's in a name? Using the example of a famous monster from Greek myth, this book challenges the dominant view that a mythical symbol denotes a single, clear-cut 'figure' and proposes instead to conceptualize the name 'Scylla' as a combination of three concepts – sea, dog and woman – whose articulation changes over time. While archaic and classical Greek versions usually emphasize the metaphorical coherence of Scylla's various components, the name is increasingly treated as a well-defined but also paradoxical construct from the late fourth century BCE onward. Proceeding through detailed analyses of Greek and Roman texts and images, Professor Hopman shows how the same name can variously express anxieties about the sea, dogs, aggressive women and shy maidens, thus offering an empirical response to the semiotic puzzle raised by non-referential proper names.

    • Challenges the dominant view that a mythical name denotes a single, clear-cut 'figure'
    • Bridges the gap between contemporary theory and ancient sources
    • Will appeal to readers interested in the circulation of mythical concepts across media and cultures
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    'The first book length study of Scylla and Hopman does a real service through her meticulous collation of material.' The Times Literary Supplement

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    • Date Published: December 2012
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139848305
    • contains: 28 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Scylla in the Odyssey:
    1. The impregnable monster
    2. A poetic hazard
    3. The gullet of the sea
    4. Puzzles and riddles
    Part II. Scylla in Classical Greece:
    5. A feminine composite
    6. Scylla as Femme Fatale
    7. The untamed maiden
    Part III. Scylla in Hellenistic Greece and Rome:
    8. Rationalizing the monster
    9. Organizing the tradition
    10. Roman versions of a Greek myth
    11. Psychology and re-semanticization in Ovid's Metamorphoses
    Epilogue.

  • Author

    Marianne Govers Hopman, Northwestern University, Illinois
    Marianne Govers Hopman is Assistant Professor of Classics and Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University, Illinois.

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