The History and Reception of an Enduring Greek Legend
Author: Silvia Montiglio
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Hero and Leander are the protagonists in a classical tale of epic but tragic love. Hero lives secluded in a tower on the European shore of the Hellespont, and Leander on the opposite side of the passage. Since they cannot hope to marry, the couple resolves to meet in secret: each night he swims across to her, guided by the light of her torch. But the time comes when a winter storm kills both the light and Leander. At dawn, Hero sees her lover's mangled body washed ashore, and so hurls herself from the tower to meet him in death. Silvia Montiglio here shows how and why this affecting story has proved to be one of the most popular and perennial mythologies in the history of the West. Discussing its singular drama, danger, pathos and eroticism, the author explores the origin of the legend and its rich and varied afterlives. She shows how it was used by Greek and Latin writers; how it developed in the Middle Ages - notably in the writings of Christine de Pizan - and Renaissance; how it inspired Byron to swim the Dardanelles; and how it has lived on in representations by artists including Rubens and Frederic Leighton.
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A study of the literary reception of the love-story of Hero and Leander and its popularity from classical times to the present in different genres, from epigram to epic, and including drama, opera, burlesques and modern experimental works.
You Human: The Leander Chronicle is the dark core, the gravitational mass of the quintet, towards the unMaking of Heaven. Within You Human genetic manipulation and genocide will be encountered, sexual obsession/gratification and the nature of love will be explored. You Human is the book towards which the first two books, Balant and Happiness, led; and spinning off from its gravitational mass will be the final two books, Not Now: Death, Dreams and Reasons for Living and finally the unMaking of Heaven.
In the old myth Leander loved the goddess Hero and he tried to swim the Hellespont to reach her. But the goddess dwelt on the top of Olympus, the mountain of the gods, and the waters of the Hellespont were rough, and Leander drowned. In this modern myth Leander is a young man who aspired to greatness, for he would capture the essence of Apollo the god of Light and Truth. But our modern Leander is caught in the choppy waters of an unhappy marriage to the fanatical Heloise and the tragic love affair with the beautiful Marian. It seems that he will perish altogether in the violent waters. The Reverend Doctor Townsend is the father of Heloise. He does not tolerate either divorce or infidelity. Marian's father is even more intolerant of Leander's behavior. With such fatherly disapproval, Leander, whose own father died early, is in trouble. No good can come of this entanglement, even though Professor Embers believes that Leander has great promise as an epic poet. That promise, never realized, is all that supports Leander struggling in the waves he himself has made. Only Heloise, in her fanatical zeal, dares to hope.
A multilingual edition of a classic from the Crown of Aragon
Author: Joan Rois de Corella
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Category: Literary Collections
Joan Roís de Corella is one of the most renowned authors of fifteenth-century Catalan literature. His Story of Leander and Hero uses a well-known Vergilian and Ovidian motif of unremitting love that turns into tragedy. Corella retells the story adding to it a great dose of suspense and pathos and recasts it in the fashion of sentimental prose, a genre famous at the time and a clear precedent of the great narrative genre to flourish during the Renaissance in the Iberian Peninsula and Europe: the novel.
The land of Mishboden has long been isolated, protected by impassable mountains and sun-scorched deserts. It is a land that has not known war in thousands of years. Now, an ancient threat catapults the people of that land into a darkness no one saw coming. Some men will be made, some will be torn down, but all will feel the effects of an inescapable fate.
Polybius boldly declared that 'now that all places have become accessible by land or sea, it is no longer appropriate to use poets and writers of myth as witnesses of the unknown' (4.40.2). And yet, in reality, the significance of myth did not diminish as the borders of the known world expanded. Storytelling was always an inextricable part of how the ancient Greeks understood their environment; mythic maps existed alongside new, more concrete, methods of charting the contours of the earth. Specific landscape features acted as repositories of myth and spurred their retelling; myths, in turn, shaped and gave sense to natural and built environments, and were crucial to the conceptual resonances of places both unknown and known. This volume brings together contributions from leading scholars of Greek myth, literature, history, and archaeology to examine the myriad intricate ways in which ancient Greek myth interacted with the physical and conceptual landscapes of antiquity. The diverse range of approaches and topics highlights in particular the plurality and pervasiveness of such interactions. The collection as a whole sheds new light on the central importance of storytelling in Greek conceptions of space.