Theatre of Sexual Attraction and Psychological Destruction

The Myth of Hercules and Omphale in the Visual Arts, 1500–1800


The book examines the myth of Hercules and Omphale/Iole which became an important topic in the visual arts, 1500–1800. It offers an analysis of the iconography from the perspective of the history of emotions, classical and Neo-Latin philology, reception and gender studies. The early modern inventions of the myth excel in a skilful display of mixed and compound emotions, such as the male character's psychopathology, and of the theatrical performance of emotions by the female character.

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Karl Enenkel is professor of Medieval-and Neo-Latin literature at the University of Münster. He has published five monographs and some hundred and fourty articles, and edited more than fourty collective volumes. Recently, he has finished a critical commented edition of Erasmus' Apophthegmata, books V-VIII, to appear in ASD published by Brill.
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