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Cornelia Naxos szigetén
Cornelia in Naxos Island

Author(s): János Nagyillés
Subject(s): History, Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Cultural history, Semiotics / Semiology, Ancient World, Historical Linguistics
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: intertextuality; Ariadne; Cornelia, Pharsalia; Lucan; Ovid; Catull; Polla Argentaria; apotheosis; katasterismos;

Summary/Abstract: The Cornelia-figure of Lucan is a relative of the female figures of Virgil and Ovid according to linguistic and motivic references, however, on a motivic level, it should be grateful to the tragedies of Propertius and Seneca. In the Cornelia-narrative of Lucan we can assume, on the one hand a conscious linguistic and motivic reference to Ariadne of Catull with a reasonable certainty, and on the other hand to many other longer or shorter Ariadne-narratives of Ovid. The study reviews the possible references to the Ariadne-story in the epic of Lucan. In Rome, where the Naxos-episode, the most frequently mentioned part of the Ariande-story was set, the image of katasterismos was linked to the figure of the princess of Crete: which means that the connection of the ’Ariadne in Naxos’ – story with Cornelia can be a mythological metaphor of the image of becoming god. So, as a virtuous woman, Cornelia does deserve becoming a god in connection with her husband, just like Pompey as a man.

  • Issue Year: 54/2010
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 215-237
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Hungarian