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Herodas: Mimiambs$
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Graham Zanker

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780856688836

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856688836.001.0001

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The Jealous Woman (ΖΗΛΟΤΥΠΟΣ‎)

The Jealous Woman (ΖΗΛΟΤΥΠΟΣ‎)

(p.132) 5. The Jealous Woman (ΖΗΛΟΤΥΠΟΣ‎)
Herodas: Mimiambs
Graham Zanker
Liverpool University Press

This chapter mentions W. Geoffrey Arnott, who rightly regards Herodas's Mimiamb 5 as an instructive example of the mosaic technique. It explains the mosaic technique as a general type or basic mention that individualize a type of figure by encrusting on to it a mosaic of little detail observed from real life. It also talks about David Konstan, who placed the emphasis on Bitinna's despotism, which echoes the social independence that women were beginning to enjoy in the early Hellenistic period. The chapter cites Bitinna who has raised Gastrôn to her social level by admitting him to her bed while remaining his owner and social superior. It analyses the sense of betrayal that heightens Bitinna's vindictive cruelty, particularly in her command that Pyrrhiês cut into Gastrôn's arms with the ropes.

Keywords:   Mimiambs, Herodas, W. Geoffrey Arnott, mosaic technique, David Konstan, despotism, social superior

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