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A Moment’s Ornament: The Poetics of Nympholepsy in Ancient Greece

Corinne Ondine Pache


From Hesiod’s first-person account of his encounters with the Muses on Mount Helicon to Theocritus’s nymphs, love between goddesses and mortal men provides the ancient Greeks with a way of articulating both the genealogical and cultic connection to their gods and to their past. This book examines the theme of nympholepsy—the experience of being “seized” by a nymph or a goddess—in ancient Greek cult and poetry from the Archaic to the Hellenistic period. In poetry, this topos, which is ubiquitous in many of the most well-known ancient Greek sources, focuses on the figure of the goddess or nymph ... More

Keywords: Greek cult, Greek poetry, goddesses, nymphs, immortality, love, myth, shrines, motherhood, memory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195339369
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195339369.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Corinne Ondine Pache, author
Trinity University