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T. P. Wiseman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263235

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263235.001.0001

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Another look at Virgil’s Ganymede

Another look at Virgil’s Ganymede

(p.333) 14 Another look at Virgil’s Ganymede
Classics in Progress

Philip Hardie

British Academy

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

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