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By Jennifer Larson

Greek Nymphs: Myths, Cult, Lore is the 1st finished research of the nymph within the old Greek international. This well-illustrated booklet examines nymphs as either non secular and mythopoetic figures, tracing their improvement and importance in Greek tradition from Homer during the Hellenistic interval. Drawing upon a large diversity of literary and archaeological facts, Jennifer Larson discusses sexually strong nymphs in historic and sleek Greek folklore, using dolls representing nymphs within the socialization of women, the phenomenon of nympholepsy, the nymphs' relatives with different deities within the Greek pantheon, and the nymphs' position in mythic narratives of city-founding and colonization. The booklet encompasses a survey of the facts for myths and cults of the nymphs prepared by way of nation-state, and a unique component to the worship of nymphs in caves through the Greek world.

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