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. Some hypotheses are also presented about the context for the composition and the performance of the hymn (a Cypriot cult of Arsinoe Philadelphos?). [Silvia Barbantani]

DOI10.2143/AS.35.0.2003846