The Metamorphoses of Zeus conquer Psyche …the Belles of Europe are born

So first there was Princess Europe… then «Psyche»
and all the  fairytale Beauties …

Once upon a time, long ago,there was Zeus,
who became Taurus and … and abducted Europe
became Eagle, Lion, Panther and seduced Semele
became Eros
or the Golden-green  Eagle and Mary

the Beauty and the Beast
and all the stories of the world with the enchanted princes.

 Starting from the Greek folk tale The golden -green eagle
i found out treasures  about the world of Myths and folk tales.
Our tale exists in the popular traditions of many European countries
such as Greece, Italy, France, Germany, England, Spain

«The story comes from the myth of Amor and Psyche which Apuleius recorded,
the Myth goes back to the classic age.


But the story has the same mythological core as those of the transformations of Zeus
in the pre-classical era
such as Zeus and Semele and Zeus and Europe.


The similarities between the variations of this story
- in the great geographical region of Europe and over many centuries -
are revealing.

The conversation of these stories with each other is a testimony in itself
for the common course of human existence
towards adulthood, amor, love, coexistence.



The symbols used by the collective consciousness
to speak of the initiation of man in the adventure of life
are almost identical

 from Crete and the Abduction of Europe
to Scotland and the Black Bull of Norroway


from the Thunder of Zeus to Semele
to the  Thunder and Lightning
the name of the  hero in Basile’s  «Lo turzo d’oro»  in Italy


from The Singing, Springing Lark of Grimm
to the Golden green eagle of Megas **


from Romario, the Spring of Rose – Mary,  in Spain
to the  Rose – of Belle et la Bete,  from France
and to -Maria of the Golden-Green Eagle .. »


text © Paraskevi-Eva Nedou


This text was written on the occasion of the invitation for a colloquium about
«2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage »*


PRESENTATION COEFFICIENTS: Melpo Vassilikou, Marianna Erkeroglou, Iphigenia Papouli, Stefanomario Gazilas, Panos Chatsatrian, Antonis Anestis, Eva Nedou

Concept, texts, organizer of the presentation: Eva Nedou

Our presentation was held by narration of excerpts of variations of this type of story
in Greece, Italy, France, Germany, England, Spain,
with an excerpt from the theatrical performance of the Greek folk tale 
«The Golden  green Eagle»
- a feature of this family of fairy tales
and an extract from the ancient  Greek secretariat.


    *colloquium for «2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage »
named   «Europe from the Pillars of Hercules to  the Rioni River »
our  presentation  was titled:
«The Metamorphoses of Zeus conquer Psyche …the Belles of Europe are born »
Thessaloniki, Greece



**  George A. Megas (1893–1976) was  an academician and professor at the University of Athens, with great contribution  to the study of historical folklore, folk literature, and traditional architecture in Greece.




_-_Γεωργίου Α. Μέγα | Κατάλογος Ελληνικών Παραμυθιών 3
Άννα Αγγελοπούλου – Αίγλη Μπρούσκου
Επεξεργασία παραμυθιακών τύπων και παραλλαγών  ΑΤ  300-499

-  Ελληνικά Παραμύθια Β′ – Εκλογή Γ.Α. Μέγα



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