Murdoch demonstrates the lasting nature of the ancient Greek tale of Hero and Leander
by tracing the theme right to the present in both tragedy and comedy.
Leander is a principal character, and there is no precedent for him in the ancient Greek plays although it's hard not to think of the ancient Greek tale of Hero and Leander
, but there's no Hero (and no hero) in House of Names.
Among these are oblique references at several moments in the play to Virgil's Aeneid, Prospero's soliloquy in act 5, scene 1, that recapitulates lines spoken by the Eastern witch Medea in Ovid's Metamorphoses, and Ariel's music that echoes passages from Christopher Marlowe's epyllion Hero and Leander
. This paper will describe the Near East resonances of The Tempest in the first two examples of what Caliban calls the island's "sweet aires" (TLN 1493).
Thomas Nashe's translation of Hero and Leander
's story in the context of English piscatorial politics in Lenten Stuffe (1599) has yet to be recognized as both an extension of Christopher Marlowe's thematic departures from his Musean predecessor and a primary influence on Ben Jonson's puppet show in Bartholomew Lair (1631).
COMING TO TATE: Turner The Parting of Hero and Leander
. Right: director Christoph Grunenberg
JMW TURNER'S masterpiece, The Parting of Hero and Leander
, will be exhibited alongside the work of two other major artists in Tate Liverpool's summer exhibition.
Among their topics are Marlowe thinking globally, whether he was a violent man, the Jew of Malta and the development of city comedy, direct address in the plays of Marlowe and his contemporaries, the eventfulness of Hero and Leander
, elegiac aesthetics and the epitaph on Sir Roger Manwood, the Roman destination of Doctor Faustus, and conversion and consumption in Tamburlaine: Part One.
In readings that seek to dispute the common view of Chapman as a "stolid moralist" and to "tease out the social agenda" (15) in such works as The Shadow of Night (1594), Ovids Banquet of Sence (1595), and Hero and Leander
(1598), Huntington situates the poet at the leading edge of an ill-fated but prescient social and aesthetic movement among certain non-aristocratic poets of the 1590s, whose "sensitivity to their own social position begins to generate distinctions that will later evolve into the taste culture which we now inhabit" (vii).
After Dictionary of the Khazars (1984), a novel in the form of a lexicon, after Landscape Painted with Tea (1988), a novel in the form of a crossword puzzle, Pavic's next novel, The Inner Side of the Wind, or the Novel of Hero and Leander
(1991) is a novel in the form of a clepsydra, the ancient water instrument that measures time.
For my purposes the crucial passage in Hero and Leander
is the one in which Hero invites her lover to visit her in her tower:
Chrestien was the author of many good translations from the Greek into Latin verse--among others, of versions of the Hero and Leander
attributed to Musaeus and of many epigrams from the Anthology of the 2nd century AD.
He completed Christopher Marlowe's unfinished Hero and Leander
(1598), and wrote a number of plays, of which the best known are the tragedies Bussy D '