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Minos and the Moderns by Theodore Ziolkowski pdf free download

Minos and the Moderns by Theodore Ziolkowski pdf free download. In the early summer of 2005 I was invited to contribute to a conference on “The Successors of Theocritus and Virgil: The Reception of Bucolic Poetry in Ancient and Modern Times,” arranged by Professor Michael Paschalis of the Department of Philology of the University of Crete at Rethymnon and scheduled to take place the following May.

Minos and the Moderns by Theodore Ziolkowski pdf free download

For my contribution I decided to focus on the reception of Virgil’s First Eclogue in the twentieth century. As I was preparing my
talk and as my wife and I planned our trip to Crete, I came repeatedly across the ancient myths tied to that proud island linking eastern and western history and culture. Rereading those familiar stories, I began to think casually about their reception in the twentieth century.

Minos and the Moderns by Theodore Ziolkowski pdf free download

Several examples from the world of art, literature, and popular culture sprang instantly to mind: Picasso’s obsessive depictions of the Minotaur, for instance; poems by Auden and others based on Bruegel’s painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus; the figure of Daedalus in Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; and even the various European coins and currencies illustrated with scenes of Europa and the bull.

Minos and the Moderns by Theodore Ziolkowski pdf free download

As I explored the material more systematically, I began to realize how powerfully those myths re-emerged in the twentieth century. Why
did this happen? This book is the result of my enormously pleasurable months of looking, reading, and wondering—a book enriched fi nally
by the actual trip to Crete. Visiting the ancient Minoan sites—notably Knossos, Phaistos, and Gortyn, which are central to the myths—and
experiencing the spectacular Cretan landscape with its mountains and gorges enabled me to relive more vividly in my imagination the
myths with which I was dealing and to add, I hope, a bit of color and liveliness to my account.

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