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Can you locate any classical and mythological allusions in The Countess of Pembroke's...

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dianne-duggan | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 23, 2010 at 12:11 AM via web

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Can you locate any classical and mythological allusions in The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia by Philip Sidney?

Allusions to such figures as Diana, Venus, Bacchus, Selene, and Flora, or Clytomnestra.

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted February 23, 2010 at 12:46 PM (Answer #1)

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In The Countesse of Pembroke's Arcadia by Sir Philip Sidnei [Sidney], but not knowing what sections you need help with, some classical allusions are found in the beginning portions. The Dedication speaks of the Muses, Delphos and the Oracle. Chapter 1 of Book I speaks of Cupid. Chapter 3 is a jack-pot with several allusions all in one vicinity. The allusions are to Diana, foolish Nymphes, Atlanta, Aeneas, Venus, Helena, Iole, Omphale, Goddesses, and the Muses again, Delphos again, Saturn, Pan, Juno, Cupid again, Iris, Vulcan, Momus. If you read the text online with a Firefox browser, you can utilize the Ctrl + F function and search keywords within the text.

[The Works of Sir Philip Sidney, Anniina Jokinen; The Countess Pembroke's Arcadia, Sir Philip Sidney, Renascence Edition online text.]

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dianne-duggan | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 6, 2012 at 3:00 AM (Answer #2)

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Thank you so much. I had to drop my interest in this due to ill health, but am now back in the frame, and will look at what you have said.

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