The classical reception of the hybrid minotaur

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dc.contributor.author Lohrasbe, Devon
dc.date.accessioned 2018-08-29T16:20:52Z
dc.date.available 2018-08-29T16:20:52Z
dc.date.copyright 2018 en_US
dc.date.issued 2018-08-29
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/9976
dc.description.abstract This thesis offers an interpretation of the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur that accounts for its popularity in fifth century Athens. The myth of the Minotaur had particular political resonance in Classical Athens because of the Minotaur’s hybrid character and eastern connotations. In the wake of the Persian wars, Theseus came to embody Athenian democratic and anti-Barbarian ideals. His canonical opponent, the Minotaur, represented the enemy of the Athenian citizen: an eastern hybrid such as the Persian/Carian/Lycian groups of Anatolia and the east. By aligning the Minotaur with his Near Eastern origins, the story of Theseus sailing to confront the Minotaur can be viewed as the story of Greeks, specifically Athenians, facing what was for them, very real threats from the east. By integrating iconographical and mythological evidence for the myths of Theseus and placing the Minotaur myth within the wider historical and political context of fifth century Athens, this thesis shows that the hybrid Minotaur was a stand in for the Persians. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject classical archaeology en_US
dc.subject classical mythology en_US
dc.subject Classical Athens en_US
dc.subject Greek mythology en_US
dc.subject hybrids en_US
dc.subject classical art en_US
dc.subject Greeks en_US
dc.subject Persians en_US
dc.title The classical reception of the hybrid minotaur en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Burke, B.
dc.degree.department Department of Greek and Roman Studies en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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