Gender and Immortality: Heroines in Ancient Greek Myth and Cult

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In Gender and Immortality, Deborah Lyons argues for the heroine as a distinct category in ancient Greek religious ideology and daily practice. The heroine, she believes, must be located within a network of relations between male and female, mortal and immortal. Using evidence ranging from Homeric epic to Attic vase painting to ancient travel writing, she attempts to reintegrate the feminine into our picture of Greek notions of the hero. According to Lyons, heroines differ from male heroes in several crucial ways,...
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In Gender and Immortality, Deborah Lyons argues for the heroine as a distinct category in ancient Greek religious ideology and daily practice. The heroine, she believes, must be located within a network of relations between male and female, mortal and immortal. Using evidence ranging from Homeric epic to Attic vase painting to ancient travel writing, she attempts to reintegrate the feminine into our picture of Greek notions of the hero. According to Lyons, heroines differ from male heroes in several crucial ways, among which is the ability to cross the boundaries between mortal and immortal. The author further shows that attention to heroines clarifies fundamental Greek ideas of mortal/immortal relationships.
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"Scholars, teachers, and college students are certain to find this contribution not only interesting but enlightening for classical literature, mythology, and women's studies, and the inclusion of an Appendix, 'A Catalogue of Heroines,' most useful."--Classical World
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  • ISBN-13: 9780691011004
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 12/23/1996
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.43 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Note to the Reader
Abbreviations
Introduction 3
Ch. 1 Heroines and Heroes 7
Ch. 2 Heroines and Mortals 35
Ch. 3 Mortals and Immortals 69
Ch. 4 Dionysiac Heroines 103
Ch. 5 The Goddess and Her Doubles 134
Appendix: Mythic Female Cult-Founders 169
Conclusion 171
Appendix A Catalogue of Heroines 173
Bibliography 237
Index Locorum 255
General Index 261
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