Red herrings and perceptual filters : problems and opportunities for Aeschylus's Supplices. / Olive, Peter.

In: Arethusa, Vol. 54, No. 1, 18.08.2021, p. 1-29.

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Red herrings and perceptual filters : problems and opportunities for Aeschylus's Supplices. / Olive, Peter.

In: Arethusa, Vol. 54, No. 1, 18.08.2021, p. 1-29.

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title = "Red herrings and perceptual filters: problems and opportunities for Aeschylus's Supplices",
abstract = "The motivation behind the Dana{\"i}ds{\textquoteright} flight from marriage to their cousins in Aeschylus{\textquoteright} Supplices has long been debated. For more than a century, prominent classicists have entertained the notion that the Dana{\"i}ds consider such a marriage incestuous, despite difficulty justifying such a claim on the basis of the Dana{\"i}ds{\textquoteright} language. This article will argue that since Darwin{\textquoteright}s discovery of the deleterious effects of inbreeding, the incest taboo has been differently constituted, and that thinking native to our own culture has persistently intruded on attempts to interpret Aeschylus{\textquoteright} play. Having surveyed such problems in some detail, I use conceptual metaphor theory to eliminate the “flight from incest” theory, and posit that closer attention to the cultural biases I identify might help decode the myth{\textquoteright}s enigmatic significance to Roman authors such as Vergil. ",
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