Erysichthon


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Erysichthon

condemned by Demeter to perpetual insatiety. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 93]
See: Hunger
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Classical Greek mythology takes you into the company of the likes of Erysichthon, a King so hungry that he resorts to dining on himself; blood-suckers roam wild in the Caribbean and Southern States; while our own urban legends are (salt and) peppered with jocular axe wielders seeking out the jugulars of young lovers.
In her central long poem "Immortal Even More" she investigates the story of Erysichthon and his daughter.
Other narrators provide critical commentary to increase our moral understanding of the play: referring to an avaricious, self-centered individual, Erysichthon, the storyteller notes, "The emptiness within him was unappeasable.
A similar violation is presented in the myth of Erysichthon, who after cutting down a grove consecrated to Demeter, was condemned by the goddess to suffer eternal hunger no matter how much he ate.
29 To a limited extent her situation recalls the punishment of Erysichthon, whose sin against Demeter resulted in his inability to satisfy his hunger, as told by Callimachus in the Hymn to Demeter.
Only, in the present instance, like the wilful and shrinking Erysichthon of Greek myth, Germany is acting out upon herself, and that can really be quite painful.