Athena in the Classical World

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Among ancient Greek deities, none has enjoyed as rich a life as Athena - goddess of war, wisdom and the arts - and she continues to fascinate and challenge today.
This volume sheds light on the goddess more comprehensively than has previously been attempted. It brings together the latest research, centring on Greek and Roman religion, literature and archaeology, yet also encompassing ancient Near Eastern, Indo-European, and modern interpretations. Cults and myths are explored, as are political, social, and gendered roles, and art historical and etymological developments. Recurrent themes are investigated, as are the many dividing lines and contradictory aspects which characterise representations of the goddess.
The volume will enhance our understanding of Athena, and will be a source of inspiration for new ideas and interpretations for years to come.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004121423
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Pages: 462
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan J. Deacy, Ph.D. (2000) in Classics, University of Wales, is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. She has published on a range of aspects of Athena in Greek myth, and is the co-editor of Rape in Antiquity. Sexual Violence in the Greek and Roman Worlds (London 1997).
Alexandra Villing, D.Phil. (1998) in Classical Archaeology, Oxford University, has worked extensively on the iconography and cult of Athena in ancient Greece, and has various publications on this topic. For her current research on ancient Sparta she is based in Athens.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Athena Past and Present: An Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Athena as Weather Goddess: the Aigis in Myth and Ritual 29
Ch. 3 Athena Salpinx and the Ethics of Music 57
Ch. 4 The Sanctuary of Athena at Ancient Stymphalos 75
Ch. 5 The Worship of Athena on the Athenian Acropolis: Dedications of Plaques and Plates 95
Ch. 6 Homeric Athena in the Chronicle of Lindos 105
Ch. 7 Athena and Minerva: Two Faces of One Goddess? 127
Ch. 8 Athena in Archaic Corinth: the Creation of an Iconography 143
Ch. 9 The Medusa-Athena Nikephoros Coin from Pergamon 163
Ch. 10 Small Athenas - Some remarks on Late Classical and Hellenistic Statues 181
Ch. 11 On the Transformation of the Athena Velletri Type in Hellenistic Alexandria 197
Ch. 12 Athena, Alter Ego of Zeus 219
Ch. 13 Sexy Athena: the Dress and Erotic Representation of a Virgin War-Goddess 233
Ch. 14 Femininity and "Neuer Mythos" - Pallas Athena in Turn Of The Century Art 259
Ch. 15 Memories of Poetic Discourse in Athena's Cult Practices 277
Ch. 16 Representations of Athena in Greek Tragedy 293
Ch. 17 Headaches and Gnawed [Peplos]: Laughing With Athena 311
Ch. 18 Pallas/Athena In and Out of the Aeneid 331
Ch. 19 Greek Athena and the Hittite Sungoddess of Arinna 349
Ch. 20 Athena and Durga: Warrior Goddesses in Greek and Sanskrit Epic 367
Bibliography of work pertaining to Athena 383
Index 397
List of Plates and Illustrations 431
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