Athena

Athena

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by Susan Deacy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415300665

ISBN-13: 9780415300667

Pub. Date: 06/12/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In this definitive assessment of the various representations and approaches to Athena, Susan Deacy does what no other has done before and brings all the aspects of this legendary figure into one, outstanding study.

A survey of one of the most enduringly popular of ancient deities, the book introduces Athena’s myth, cult and reception, while directing the

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Overview

In this definitive assessment of the various representations and approaches to Athena, Susan Deacy does what no other has done before and brings all the aspects of this legendary figure into one, outstanding study.

A survey of one of the most enduringly popular of ancient deities, the book introduces Athena’s myth, cult and reception, while directing the reader to detailed discussion as and when it is appropriate.

Students will find it a great help in their studies, and for the general reader with an interest in the ancient world and for those from related disciplines such as literature, art history and religion, it provides a mine of information and insight into this fascinating classical figure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415300667
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/12/2008
Series:
Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
1,035,033
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents


Series foreword     xi
Acknowledgements     xv
List of illustrations     xvii
Why Athena?     1
Introducing Athena     3
Who was Athena?     3
Confronting diversity     5
Athena and her attributes     7
The scope of this book     8
Note on spelling and translations     14
Key Themes     15
The Birth of Athena     17
Introduction: hardly a headache     17
Antecedents     19
Capturing the moment     21
Cosmic terror: the Homeric Hymn to Athena     25
The succession myth and the defeat of the mother     28
Overview     32
Tracing Athena's Origins     33
Introduction: do origins matter?     33
Athena, matriarchy and the goddess movement     34
Bachofen and 'mother-right'     37
'Snake' and 'shield goddess'     38
Criticising the matriarchy myth     39
Warrior goddesses of the ancient world: ancestresses of Athena?     41
Overview     43
From Origins to Functions: Athena in the Pantheon     45
Introduction: confronting the pantheon     45
The 'new way': the functionalist paradigm     46
Athena and Poseidon: the horse and the sea     47
Athena and Hephaistos: skilled craft     50
Athena and Ares: war     54
Overview: a key to Athena?     58
Heroes, Heroines and the Trojan War     59
Introduction: helping friends, harming enemies     59
Heroes on quests     61
Odysseus and Herakles     62
'The Zeus-born Trojan girl'     68
Mythic females: helping men, harming women     71
Overview     72
Athena in Athens: Patron, Symbol and 'Mother'     74
Introduction     74
Athena, Zeus and social cohesion     76
Poseidon and the contest for the land     79
Athena's 'children': the story of the birth of Erichthonios     80
Overview     90
Early Athenian History     92
Introduction     92
The 'Mistress of At(h)ana' and the Mycenaean palace     94
The synoecism     97
566 and all that: the sixth century     98
The Persian invasion     102
Overview     104
All About Athena? The Classical Akropolis      105
Introduction     105
After the wars     106
Unity and imperialism     108
Prettifying the city: the Parthenon     110
Overview     120
The Wider Greek World     122
Introduction     122
Moving beyond Athens     123
Sparta: the bronze house and the bells     127
Argos: 'clear-sighted Athena'     128
Arcadia: a fertility goddess?     130
Delphi and elsewhere: the conception and protection of children     132
Assimilations: Anat and Minerva     134
Overview: a multiplicity of Athenas?     137
Athena Afterwards     139
From Being to Image: The Rise of Christianity and the Postclassical World     141
Introduction: moving beyond antiquity     141
From pagan abomination to ethical symbol     142
Allegory and symbolism     145
Literary Athenas     149
Feminism and gender theory     153
Overview     156
Further reading     157
Works cited     162
Index     171

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