Goddess of love and mistress of the sea: notes on a Hellenistic hymn to Arsinoe - Aphrodite (P. Lit. Goodsp. 2, I - IV)

TitleGoddess of love and mistress of the sea: notes on a Hellenistic hymn to Arsinoe - Aphrodite (P. Lit. Goodsp. 2, I - IV)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsBarbantani, S
JournalAncient Society
Volume35
Pagination135-165
Abstract

In P.Lit. Goodspeed 2 is included what seems to be a Hellenistic hymn to Aphrodite celebrated as a patroness of the sea and of wedded love. This portrayal of the goddess perfectly fits with Ptolemaic royal propaganda in III BC. The address to a "Ptolemai[c] Arsinoe" in P.Lit.Goodspeed 2 II 5 reveals that here the goddess is worshipped as a divine image of a queen Arsinoe, most probably Arsinoe II Philadelphos, who had strong links with key-figures of the Ptolemaic navy. The hymn is compared with contemporary Alexandrian poetry, like the epigrams of the Milan papyrus P.Mil.Vogl. VIII 309.