Thursday 3 November: Naxos Revisited

Myth Reading Group

Thursday 3 November

12.00-1.30pm in Room NTC.2.06

This week Dr Leon Burnett starts our discussion of Mythscapes with a session on ‘Naxos Revisited’ in relation to the story of Theseus


Sanctuary of Dionysus, Iria [photo by Leon Burnett, September 2016]

The island of Naxos, the largest of the Cyclades, is rich in mythological associations. It is said to have been the birthplace of Dionysus, the sanctuary of the infant Zeus, a place of worship for Apollo and Demeter, and a refuge for Ares. It was also a stopping-off point for Theseus on his route back to Athens after he had slain the Minotaur in Crete. The Theseus story provides the focus for a discussion of two texts this week, an extract from a novel by Mary Renault (The King Must Die) and a poem by David Harsent (“The Crane Dance”).

Please read the extract from Book five (Naxos) of Mary Renault’s The King Must Die ([1958] 2015) and poems by David Harsent (“The Crane Dance”) and Yannis Ritsos (“The New Dance”).




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