Bild, Mythos, and Ritual: choral dance in Theseus's Cretan Adventure on the François Vase

TitleBild, Mythos, and Ritual: choral dance in Theseus's Cretan Adventure on the François Vase
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsHedreen, G
JournalHesperia
Volume80
Issue3
Pagination491-510
Abstract

Although the François vase clearly depicts Theseus leading a dance upon his arrival on Crete, most commentators have argued, on the basis of literary accounts, that Kleitias intended to depict a later moment in the story. The dance upon arrival, however, has several discursive functions within the image: by characterizing Theseus as the choregos of a dance traditionally performed by marriageable young people, it presents him as a promising husband for Ariadne; and by evoking the triumphal ritual arrival of Dionysos, the image anticipates that Theseus will be victorious. In this image, mythical narrative, spectacle, and the socialization of adolescence are carefully woven together. [http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2972/hesperia.80.3.0491]

DOI10.2972/hesperia.80.3.0491

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