This collective volume represents the proceedings from a colloquium that was held at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, in April 2002, and deals with the presence of Hermes and Aphrodite in contemporary literature and culture. The two mythical paradigms, inherited from the Greeks and profoundly transformed in our times, are perceived, at the turn of the millennium, as leading models not only in Western societies but also in cultures not directly influenced by the Mediterranean world. In their interaction, the two myths represent the conjuction between 'communication and love.' In this volume of twenty-seven essays, the manifestations of the two myths are analyzed from a number of perspectives: archetypal psychology and psychoanalysis, myth critcism, philosophy, history of ideas and art history, feminism, postmodernism, anthropology, and religious studies. All foreign language texts have been translated into English. In addition, this collection of essays contains a useful bibliography and index.