Professor Roderick Main
(Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex)
Pegasus in Pindar, Kavanagh, and Jung
Myth Reading Group
Thursday 7 February 2019
12.00 – 1.30 pm
In this session we shall canter and swoop around various tales associated with the winged horse Pegasus — from his birth out of the blood that gushed from the severed head of Medusa, to his hoof striking into being the sacred spring Hippocrene, to his part in Bellerophon’s slaying of the Chimera, to his being immortalised by Zeus as a constellation. We shall look at the uses made of his myth by the ancient Greek poet Pindar and by the twentieth-century Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh. We shall also ask why the psychiatrist Carl Jung carved an image of Pegasus’ hindquarters on a stone wall at his lakeside retreat.
- Pindar, Olympian Ode XIII, in The Odes of Pindar, trans. G. S. Conway, London: Dent, 1972, pp. 69-76 (pdf).
- Patrick Kavanagh, ‘Pegasus’, in P. Muldoon (ed.) The Faber Book of Contemporary Irish Poetry, London: Faber, 1986, pp. 55-57 (pdf).