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Séléné : éclipses, éclat et reflets

Abstract : The moon in the ancient Greek world is a problematic topic, for which there is no single, homogeneous definition. Nevertheless, the focus on visualness that we have chosen for our study, allows us to make out some elements of consistency and to account both for the existence of Selene as a divine figure making herself manifest in the visible world by appearing and disappearing, and for the tale of Endymion, the moon-goddess’ lover, and of his eternal sleep. Our work is divided in four parts: we first focus on the light of the moon and the visions it summons, as well as the representation of lunar eclipses; secondly, on Selene and her way of acting as a visible goddess and as a celestial eye; thirdly, on Endymion and the textual and iconographic representations of his sleep, which allows us to deal with the question of dreaming; fourthly, on the moon as a mirror and a source of reflections (eidola). The perspective that we choose to adopt is inspired by the methods of historical anthropology. We aim to shed light on structures and relations, relying on the analysis of various sources in context within a vast corpus extending from the archaic period to the end of the Roman Empire. Our goal is not to define a general “lunar mythology”, but rather to examine what the definition of the moon as a visual object might reveal.
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Julia Wang. Séléné : éclipses, éclat et reflets. Littératures. Université de Nanterre - Paris X, 2019. Français. ⟨NNT : 2019PA100128⟩. ⟨tel-02892891⟩

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