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How does Greek Classical imagery function in this play?

This question is about Christopher Marlowe's play Dr.Faustus

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In his opening speech Faust calls upon classic Greek author's like Aristotle. As Faust often does, he misinterprets the text illuminating his ignorance. Faust wants to live out his male fantasies by prodding Mephistopheles to conjure up Helen of Troy from the dead. Faust also invokes Ovid’s Amores to express his longing to keep living: "O lente, lente currite noctis equi! " This trans;;lation is "O, run slowly, slowly, horses of the night!" referring to the horses that pull time's chariot.