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Chapman has used a variety of ancient sources in his continuation of Marlowe's Hero and Leander. The essay examines ekphrasis, the description of works of art in the poem, as a dialogue between poets and between past and present.

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Through the analysis of Hero's scarf in the poem, this essay unravels the thread of intertextual connections, reading the ekphrasis as a gendered trope for early modern creativity and as a reflection on the translation and appropriation of ancient sources


This essay is part of my on-going investigation of the dialogue between the English Renaissance and Greek antiquity through ekphrasis, the verbal description of visual art.

Efterpi Mitsi
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

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This page is a summary of: George Chapman’s “ancient Greek souls”: translating ekphrasis inHero and Leander, Word & Image, July 2015, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/02666286.2015.1053033.
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