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1. Record Number: 10683
Author(s): Heinrichs, Katherine.
Title : Mythological Lovers in Chaucer's "Trolius and Criseyde" [Chaucer makes many allusions to well-known figures from classical mythology in this poem, and medieval readers were familiar with the meanings of these references. For instance, when Chaucer's fickle Criseyde mentions Oenone (a female figure from Ovid's "Heroides"), medieval readers would have been reminded of medieval glosses of the "Heroides" that interpret Oenone as exemplum of foolish love. Allusions to other mythological lovers like Tereus and Procne, Orpheus and Eurydice, and Myrrha similarly serve as exampla for love as a disastrous and socially destructive force. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
Source: Journal of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association , 12., ( 1991):  Pages 13 - 59.
Year of Publication: 1991.