Brill's Companion to Aphrodite

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Editors: Amy C. Smith and Sadie Pickup
Brill's Companion to Aphrodite brings together an international and multidisciplinary team of experts in the study of Aphrodite—one of the best known, yet ambiguous and complex Graeco-Roman deities. The contributions, which reevaluate conventional approaches to this remarkable goddess, are thematically grouped in four parts according to aspects of the goddess: 'Aphrodite’s Identity’; ‘Aphrodite's Companions and Relations’; ‘The Spread of Aphrodite’s Cults’ and ‘The Reception of the Goddess.’ Each part draws on literary and visual sources, incorporates Greek, Roman, and later material, and ranges across places and periods—from prehistoric Cyprus and the Near East to the antiquities market in 19th century France. This book therefore crosses interdisciplinary boundaries, as well as the multiple aspects and characteristics of the goddess
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Biographical Note

Amy C. Smith, PhD (1997) in Classical Archaeology, Yale University, is Senior Lecturer in Classics and Curator of the Ure Museum, University of Reading. She has published widely on Graeco-Roman art in the spheres of politics, myth and religion.

Sadie Pickup is a DPhil candidate in Classical Archaeology at the University of Oxford. She also works in the Department of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and is a Sessional Lecturer in Classics at the University of Reading.

Contributors are Vinciane Pirenne-Delforge, Vered Lev Kenaan, James Burbidge, Stephanie L. Budin, Gabriella Pironti, Annette Teffeteller, Kassandra Jackson, Anja Ulbrich, Elisabetta Pala, Chryssanthi Papadopoulou, Alexander Nagel, Sophie Montel, Jenny Wallensten, Rachel Kousser, Margherita Carucci, Anthousa Papagiannaki, David Bellingham, and Anna Gruetzner Robins

Table of contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
List of illustrations

INTRODUCTION
Chapter One. Flourishing Aphrodite: An Overview
Vinciane Pirenne-Delforge (University of Liège)
Chapter Two. Budding Aphrodite: Into the Future
Sadie Pickup (University of Oxford) and Amy C. Smith (University of Reading)

PART ONE
APHRODITE’S IDENTITY
Chapter Three. Aphrodite: The Goddess of Appearances
Vered Lev Kenaan (University of Haifa)
Chapter Four. O quam te memorem, virgo? Venus in Aeneid 1.314–417
James Burbidge (University of Oxford)
Chapter Five. Aphrodite Enoplion
Stephanie L. Budin (Rutgers University)
Chapter Six. Rethinking Aphrodite as a Goddess at Work
Gabriella Pironti (University of Naples)

PART TWO
APHRODITE'S COMPANIONS AND RELATIONS
Chapter Seven. The Song of Ares and Aphrodite: Asertu on Skheria
Annette Teffeteller (University of Montreal)
Chapter Eight. Father-Daughter Dynamics in the Iliad: The Role of Aphrodite in Defining Zeus’ Regime
Kassandra Jackson (University of Oxford)

PART THREE
THE SPREAD OF APHRODITE’S CULTS
Chapter Nine. Images of Cypriot Aphrodite in her Sanctuaries during the Age of the City-Kingdoms
Anja Ulbrich (University of Heidelberg)
Chapter Ten. Aphrodite on the Akropolis: Evidence from Attic Pottery
Elisabetta Pala (University of Cagliari)
Chapter Eleven. Aphrodite and the Fleet in Classical Athens
Chryssanthi Papadopoulou (King’s College, University of London)
Chapter Twelve. Encountering the World of Aphrodite on the Western Greek Mainland
Alexander Nagel (University of Michigan)
Chapter Thirteen. The Architectural Setting of the Knidian Aphrodite
Sophie Montel (University of Paris Ouest Nanterre-la Défense)
Chapter Fourteen. Aphrodite between Greece and Rome: Greek Responses to the Idea of Aphrodite as Ancestress of the Romans
Jennifer Wallensten (Swedish Institute, Athens)

PART FOUR
THE RECEPTION OF THE GODDESS
Chapter Fifteen. Augustan Aphrodites: The Allure of Greek Art in Roman Visual Culture
Rachel Kousser (City University of New York, Brooklyn)
Chapter Sixteen. Aphrodite and the Spectacle of the Amphitheatre in Roman Africa
Margherita Carucci (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies)
Chapter Seventeen. Aphrodite in Late Antique and Medieval Byzantium
Anthousa Papagiannaki (University of Oxford)
Chapter Eighteen. Aphrodite Deconstructed: Botticelli’s Venus and Mars in the National Gallery, London
David Bellingham (Sotheby's Institute of Art, London)
Chapter Nineteen. Reflections in a Mirror: Bonnard’s Aphrodite
Anna Gruetzner Robins (University of Reading)

Bibliography
Periodization of Antiquity
General Index
Geographical Index
Index of Personal Names
Monumenta
Testimonia

Readership

Students and scholars new to the study of Aphrodite or engaging in the evidence—archaeological, art historical, or literary—for Aphrodite and related deities throughout the Mediterranean, and her reception

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