- "Aotis as a very hypothetical goddess of the Dawn sometimes identified with Artemis or with Aphrodite" This is an interesting idea. I read some papers on the Eos/Aphrodite connection ages ago. It adds some insight to their sons(s) Memnon's and Aeneas' adventures at Troy. Upon further research “very hypothetical” is accurate. Apparently the theory that there was proto-IE goddess of the dawn name Hausus or Heusos, hasn’t worked out to anyone’s satisfaction.
- I have never read about a Spartan cult of Aphrodite-Hera?
- “An old wooden image they call that of Aphrodite Hera. A mother is wont to sacrifice to the goddess when a daughter is married.” (Pausanias 3.13.9)
- 1.1.5 homosexual - Sappho at Lesbos - Alcman’s chorus of young girls. I wonder if Sappho doesn’t have way to much influence on what we think about teenage girls in Ancient Greece?
- What is Marxist criticism? I assume this is some sort of literary criticism
- “Marxist literary criticism is a loose term describing literary criticism based on socialist and dialectic theories. Marxist criticism views literary works as reflections of the social institutions from which they originate.” (Wikipedia)
- "Archaic "literature" is never gratuitous, nor does it have the critical dimension of Alexandrian or modern poetry; it is always subject to the demands of the civic community for which it exists; it has to be understood as a social act." Really? Ever story in the Iliad reflects an associated ritual?
- "But since Spartan history has been so idealized and deformed" What?
- “Ethnological and anthropological research offers the philologist a very precious instrument to interpret”. But shouldn't we be careful about this tool for literary criticism and close readings?
I was trying to think of
other chorus, but most do seem dedicated to Artemis. I found this one;
"Maidens, one Nymph of old in Thebes did Athanaia (Athena) love much, yea beyond all her companions, even the mother of Tiresias, and was never apart from her. But when she drave her steeds …often did the goddess set the Nymph upon her car and there was no dalliance of Nymphs nor sweet ordering of the dance, where Chariclo did not lead. (Callimachus, Hymn 5 Bath of Pallas 56 ff)