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Marco Fantuzzi

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199603626

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603626.001.0001

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Flirting with the Enemy

Flirting with the Enemy

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Achilles in Love

Marco Fantuzzi

Oxford University Press

The contrast between Achilles and Thersites, who according to the “Aethiopis” charged Achilles with falling in love with the Amazon Penthesileia, is interpreted in light of its possible meta-literary implications; this contrast can be seen as a dialogic reaction of epic values to an erotic motif.

Keywords:   Penthesileia, Amazon, epic kydos = "capacity to win", (martial) Epic and love/sex, Aethiopis, Propertius, Quintus of Smyrna

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