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Episode 27: Ancient Greek Monsters


Boddens-Hosang, F. J. E. and Carole d’Albiac. "Sphinx." Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press, accessed April 6, 2017,

Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome. Monster Theory: Reading Culture. University of Minnesota Press, 1996.

Graves, Robert. The Greek Myths, Baltimore: Penguin, 1955.

J.E. Robson, “Bestiality and Bestial Rape in Greek Myth.” In In Rape in Antiquity, edited by Susan Deacy and Karen Pierce, London: Duckworth in Association with the Classical Press of Wales, 1997.

Lestel, Dominique. "Why Are We So Fond of Monsters?" Comparative Critical Studies 9, no. 3 (2012): 259-69.

Low Schmitt, Marilyn. "Bellerophon and the Chimaera in Archaic Greek Art" American Journal of Archaeology 70.4 (October 1966), pp. 341–347.

Padgett, Michael J. The Centaur’s Smile: The Human Animal in Early Greek Art. Yale University Press New Haven and London, 2004.

Rabel, Robert J. 1948-. "The harpies in the Aeneid." Classical Journal 80, (April 1985): 317-325. Art & Architecture Source, EBSCOhost (accessed April 6, 2017).

Rose, Carol. Giants, Monsters, and Dragns: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth. New York, New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc, 2001.

Scobie, Alex. "The Origins of 'Centaurs'" Folklore 89.2 (1978:142–147); Scobie quotes Martin P. Nillson, Geschichte der griechischen Religion, 1955, "Die Etymologie und die Deutung der Ursprungs sind unsicher und mögen auf sich beruhen".

Smith, Cecil. "Harpies in Greek Art." The Journal of Hellenic Studies 13 (1892): 103-14. doi:10.2307/623895.

Ussher, Jane.  Managing the Monstrous Feminine: Regulating the Reproductive Body.  London: Routledge, 2006.

Wilk, Stephan R. Medusa: Solving the Mystery of the Gorgon. Oxford University Press, 2000.



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