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Le royaume d'Aphrodite et la grotte d’Artémis : amour et chasteté chez Achille Tatius

Abstract : One of Artemis’ roles is to protect teenagers as they become adults, making sure Aphrodite, when the time comes, rules them in a controlled and legitimate way. Achilles Tatius systematically depicts the two goddesses in situations of conflict, in particular through images of threatened frontiers (doors, walls, limits). Love is thus shown as a ubiquitous power that invades all the territories Artemis tries to protect. Far from being resolved in the final wedding, the goddesses’ discord seems insoluble, since Leucippe, once married and initiated to love, is symbolically erased from the text, like the false virgins in the cave of Syrinx. In this novel, love cannot but be transgressive: if a sophrosune is possible, it is an absolute virginity, like a cave or a fortress withdrawn from the world of Aphrodite.
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Jean-Philippe Guez. Le royaume d'Aphrodite et la grotte d’Artémis : amour et chasteté chez Achille Tatius. Les hommes et les Dieux dans l'ancien roman. Actes du colloque de Tours, 22-24 octobre 2009, Oct 2009, Tours, France. pp.33-53. ⟨hal-02145849⟩

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