[Msa-discuss] Butts Query
Jane Marie Garrity
jane.garrity at Colorado.EDU
Fri Mar 11 10:54:13 EST 2011
I asked Roslyn Foy and Andrew Radford if they knew the source, and
here is Andrew's response below.
I've never found an exact source for the title of MB's novel, though
it's likely she drew on classical sources which describe the savage
deities Erinyes. This would sit well with Scylla's status as an
avenging and bold hierophant of the maternalized primitive, as both
'witch' and 'bitch' etc.
Hera was furious when she discovered that Athamas and Ino were
secretly rearing Dionysos, the son of her most hated rival Semele, and
despatched an Erinys to drive the pair insane.
Callistratus, Descriptions 14 (trans. Fairbanks) (Greek rhetorician
C4th A.D.) :
"[From a description of an ancient Greek painting :] Athamas goaded on
by madness. He was shown as naked, his hair reddened with blood and
its locks flying in the wind, his eye distraught, himself filled with
consternation; and he was armed not by madness alone for a rash deed,
nor did he rage merely with the soul-consuming fears which the Erinyes
(Furies) send; nay, he even held a sword out in front of him, like a
man making a sally . . . Ino too was present, in a state of terror,
trembling slightly, her face [...] corpse-like through fright; and she
embraced her infant child and held her breast to its lips, letting the
nurturing drops fall on the nursling."
Here is the source:
Elder Philostratus, Younger Philostratus, Callistratus Descriptions.
Translated by Arthur Fairbanks. Loeb Classical Library Volume 256.
London: William Heinemann, 1931. p. 38.
This material can also be found on the classical scholarship e-text
Dr Andrew Radford
Department of English Literature
5 University Gardens
Faculty of Arts
University of Glasgow
GLASGOW G12 8QQ
Direct line: (+44) 0141 330 2133
Email: A.Radford at englit.arts.gla.ac.uk
On Mar 10, 2011, at 12:49 PM, Stephen Ross wrote:
> Does anyone out there know the source for Mary Butts' epigraph to
> Armed with Madness: "Armed with madness, I go on a long voyage."?
> Msa-discuss mailing list
> Msa-discuss at chaos.press.jhu.edu
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
More information about the Msa-discuss