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By Theodore Ziolkowski

Minos and the Moderns considers 3 mythological complexes that liked a different surge of curiosity in early twentieth-century ecu paintings and literature: Europa and the bull, the minotaur and the labyrinth, and Daedalus and Icarus. All 3 are positioned at the island of Crete and are associated via the determine of King Minos. Drawing examples from fiction, poetry, drama, portray, sculpture, opera, and ballet, Minos and the Moderns is the 1st e-book of its sort to regard the function of the Cretan myths within the sleek imagination.

Beginning with the resurgence of Crete within the glossy cognizance in 1900 following the excavations of Sir Arthur Evans, Theodore Ziolkowski indicates how the story of Europa-in poetry, drama, and paintings, but in addition in cartoons, advertisements, and currency-was at the start seized upon as a narrative of sexual awakening, then as a automobile for social and political satire, and eventually as a logo of ecu team spirit. In contast, the minotaur supplied artists starting from Picasso to Dürrenmatt with a picture of the artist's experience of alienation, whereas the labyrinth advised to many writers the threatening sociopolitical international of the 20th century. Ziolkowski additionally considers the jobs of such sleek figures as Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud; of tourists to Greece and Crete from Isadora Duncan to Henry Miller; and of the theorists and writers, together with T. S. Eliot and Thomas Mann, who hailed using fantasy in glossy literature.

Minos and the Moderns concludes with a precis of the manners during which the commercial, aesthetic, mental, and anthropological revisions enabled accurately those myths to be taken up as a replicate of contemporary recognition. The ebook will entice all readers drawn to the classical culture and its carrying on with relevance and particularly to students of Classics and sleek literatures.

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