Abstract

This article seeks to reassess our understanding of the nature of intertextuality in Moschus's Europa and to challenge scholarly preconceptions of the poem's (lack of) sophistication more broadly. The focus is on two essential intertextual moments: the interaction of Europa's dream with that of Atossa in Aeschylus's Persians and the question of the heroines' “willingness” in the Europa and in the Hymn to Demeter. Building on previous scholarship, the readings presented here offer novel interpretations of these important passages.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6504
Print ISSN
0004-0975
Pages
pp. 43-55
Launched on MUSE
2012-02-02
Open Access
No
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