Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: To use OneNote for note taking…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

You can use Microsoft OneNote to take notes on PEP-Web. OneNote has some very nice and flexible note taking capabilities.

You can take free form notes, you can copy fragments using the clipboard and paste to One Note, and Print to OneNote using the Print to One Note printer driver. Capture from PEP-Web is somewhat limited.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Wilson, E., Jr. (1987). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLVI, 1982: Incest in Greek Mythology. Jean Rudhardt. Pp. 731-763.. Psychoanal Q., 56:593.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLVI, 1982: Incest in Greek Mythology. Jean Rudhardt. Pp. 731-763.

(1987). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 56:593

Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLVI, 1982: Incest in Greek Mythology. Jean Rudhardt. Pp. 731-763.

Emmett Wilson, Jr.

Rudhardt examines the Greek characterization of incest. There was no word for incest in classical Greek: complex expressions were used for it, usually connoting its being either "illegal," "impious," or "contrary to the religious order," but these same terms were used to describe, for example, two lovers having non-incestuous sexual relations in a sanctuary. Only in the Christian era did specific terms for incest arise, and it is only in the Byzantine ninth century that a word for incest in the generic sense is found. Rudhardt examines Greek literature and mythology for accounts of the various unions that would today be termed incestuous. In Greek culture it was customary for families to intermarry; it was an endogamy, however, that prohibited marriages between ascendants and descendants. Step-siblings might marry. The practice with respect to other types of sibling relationships (same parents, or same mother) varied, but for the most part marriage of siblings was regarded as bizarre and Asiatic. For the Greeks, marital partners were to be neither too far apart in relatedness nor too close. But the gods were allowed more possibilties, apparently because the generative activity of the gods transcended the norms necessary for the functioning of human society. Parent-child incest was forbidden to mankind, though in some cases there was subsequent deification. Three products of incestuous unions, Persephone, Adonis, and Dionysus, were able to move between the human and the divine, or between life and death. This infraction of limits may well have to do with the infractions which characterized their births.

- 593 -

Article Citation

Wilson, E., Jr. (1987). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLVI, 1982. Psychoanal. Q., 56:593

Copyright © 2021, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.