Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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(Ψυχή [Psychḗ]; Latin Psyche)

A. Myth

P. is the main female character in the fairytale Amor and P. interpolated within the Metamorphoses, the Latin novel by Apuleius (2nd cent. AD; Apul. Met. 4,28–6,24). P., the youngest of three princesses, is admired across the world for her extraordinary beauty, so much so that she is regarded as the new earthly representative of the goddess of love and the cult of Venus (Aphrodite) is being neglected. The enraged Venus decides to take revenge on P., and orders her son Amor/Cupid (Eros) to caus…

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Steigerwald, Jörn, “Psyche”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 22 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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