Craft Of Zeus

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The fundamental gesture of weaving in The Craft of Zeus is the interlacing of warp and woof described by Plato in The Statesman--an interweaving signifying the union of opposites. From rituals symbolizing--even fabricating--the cohesion of society to those proposed by oracles as a means of propitiating fortune; from the erotic and marital significance of weaving and the woven robe to the use of weaving as a figure for language and the fabric of the text, this lively and lucid book defines the logic of one of the...
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Overview


The fundamental gesture of weaving in The Craft of Zeus is the interlacing of warp and woof described by Plato in The Statesman--an interweaving signifying the union of opposites. From rituals symbolizing--even fabricating--the cohesion of society to those proposed by oracles as a means of propitiating fortune; from the erotic and marital significance of weaving and the woven robe to the use of weaving as a figure for language and the fabric of the text, this lively and lucid book defines the logic of one of the central concepts in Greek and Roman thought--a concept that has persisted, woof and warp crossing again and again, as the fabric of human history has unfolded.
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Editorial Reviews

Bryn Mawr Classical Review - Simon Goldhill
Revealing Antiquity, a series edited by Glen Bowersock for Harvard University Press, is winning a distinctive niche for itself in the world of classical studies...The series as a whole has set...high standards for provocative and beautifully produced books, which deploy stimulating and complex material, the product of both innovative methodological insight, and a flair for refocusing on the previously marginalized. What is more, each is intelligently framed to make its arguments accessible to a wide audience and to interests outside classics...The Craft of Zeus is similarly an attractively and thoughtfully produced volume, with a distinctive methodological concern and an eye for the misplaced margin and the surprising connection...[The authors] aim not at an exhaustive coverage of the language, images and tales of weaving, but at a more essayistic approach that sets out to exemplify not merely the pervasiveness of the idea of weaving in classical culture but also a particular sense of what might be meant by a myth of weaving...In sum, the somewhat surprising coupling of the vast solidity of Scheid's work on the Arval Brethren with the more mercurial leptotes of Svenbro produces a stimulating brief set of interconnected essays, whose general frame encourages a deeper awareness of the normative depth of every use of the vocabulary, imagery or tales of weaving and fabrics.
Scholia Reviews: Natal Studies in Classical Antiquity - Richard Whitaker
This subtle and thought-provoking book examines the network of associations which, Scheid and Svenbro believe, surrounded the process of weaving and the idea of fabric in antiquity...I found this a stimulating and illuminating book, written in a mercifully clear and accessible style, very well translated into English by Carol Volk.
Classical World - Leona Ascher
This lively and well-written work,...because of its wide range of illustrative evidence, should find a large audience among classicists and anyone interested in social custom and etymology and is recommended to teachers and graduate students.
Times Literary Supplement - Nick Fisher
[An] elegant exploration...This is a constantly challenging and entertaining little book...[It] sheds new light on old texts and explores important areas of ancient mentalities in ways which enliven and stimulate.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674005785
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 5/16/2001
  • Series: Revealing Antiquity Series, #9
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 238
  • Sales rank: 1,033,425
  • Product dimensions: 0.54 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Scheid is Director of Study at the École Pratique des Hautes Études at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris.

Jesper Svenbro is a Fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Paris.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Peplos 7
1 From the Sixteen Women to the Weaver King: Political Weaving in Greece 9
2 "Investiture," Peplophoria, Lusus Troiae: Political Weaving in Rome 35
II Chlaina 51
3 Aphrodite Poikilothronos: Epithets, Cloaks, and Lovers 53
4 The Marriage of Peleus and Thetis: Nuptial Blankets in Rome 83
III Textus 109
5 The Cloak of Phaedrus: The Prehistory of the "Text" in Greek 111
6 The Birth of an Ideogram: The Metaphor of the Textus in Latin 131
Appendix A. Note on Biological "Tissue" 157
Appendix B. Note on Cosmic "Weaving" 165
Notes 171
Index 219
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