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Emmons, Robin. Eros Unbound: Homosexuality in Greek Literature and Modern Retellings. Undergraduate Honors Thesis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2024.


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This hybrid thesis examines the portrayal of homosexuality in Ancient Greek literature alongside modern adaptations of Greek mythology. The initial segment comprises a concise, well-researched Author's Note delving into the historical context of homosexuality in Ancient Greece, its representation in select Greek literary works, and its reinterpretation in contemporary literature, notably Madeline Miller's "The Song of Achilles," which serves as a catalyst for this investigation. The latter portion of the thesis comprises two original short stories inspired by classical Greek myths: "Hades and Persephone" and "Apollo and Hyacinthus."

In this thesis, various classical texts as well as modern books were synthesized to form the basis of the research for the project. This research encompassed a comprehensive analysis of classical Greek literature alongside contemporary reinterpretations, guiding the thematic and stylistic choices in the subsequent creative endeavors. The synthesis of these diverse sources not only enriched the scholarly exploration but also provided a nuanced framework for the original creative works presented at the culmination of the Author's Note. By interweaving academic inquiry with imaginative expression, this thesis endeavors to contribute to the ongoing dialogue surrounding the portrayal of homosexuality in literature.