Hero and Leander

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 22.02.2012 - 34 Seiten
The waters of the narrow Hellespont divide Leander and Hero. Hero of Sestos is a handmaiden in the service of the goddess Venus. At the festival commemorating the love of Venus and Adonis she is spotted by Leander of Abydos. Cupid shoots them both with his arrow and the two fall deeply in love. Will Hero's vow of chastity keep the two young lovers apart? It's sink or swim as Leander strips down and dives into the treacherous waters of the Hellespont to have a moonlight tryst with Hero. This "little epic" or classical epyllion was written by poet and playwright Christopher Marlowe. It was first published in 1598.

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Christopher Marlowe was born in Canterbury, England on February 6, 1564. He received a B.A. in 1584 and an M.A. in 1587 from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. His original plans for a religious career were put aside when he decided to become a poet and playwright. His earliest work was translating Lucan and Ovid from Latin into English. He translated Vergil's Aeneid as a play. His plays included Tamburlaine the Great, Faustus, The Jew of Malta, and Dido, Queen of Carthage. His unfinished poem Hero and Leander was published in 1598. In 1589, he and a friend killed a man, but were acquitted on a plea of self-defense. His political views were unorthodox, and he was thought to be a government secret agent. He was arrested in May 1593 on a charge of atheism. He was killed in a brawl in a Deptford tavern on May 30, 1593.

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