This is an Academic essay exploring the meaning of the Ancient Greek myth regarding Proitos' Daughters.
Following in the footsteps of myth is always an interesting challenge. How much is based on fact? How much is fiction? What message was the storyteller trying to convey?
Recent times have yielded discoveries that provide some archaeological, historical or factual basis for an element of reality in the myths and legends of our ancestors. Schliemann's discovery of Troy; and Diggle and Underhill's retracing of the voyage of Odysseus are both examples of finding the seeds of reality within the words of the ancient tales.
The tale this article addresses is far simpler and much shorter that either the Iliad or the Odyssey, it is tale of three errant teenage girls who reject marriage and flee from their father's home and control. This behaviour is seen as madness induced by a deity (Hera). Eventual salvation comes at the hands of a second deity (Artemis) who heals their madness with her poppy.
This is a tale of transition: from daughter to wife; from menarche to marriage; the time of the 'Parthenos'.
Whether told for the moral in the tale, or as a justification for local rites of Artemis or for some other purpose entirely, it does not really matter. What is perhaps more interesting is to retrace the footsteps of these girls of myth; to experience their world firsthand; and to examine the physical and archaeological evidence behind the myth.
|Publisher:||Mary G. Galvin PhD|
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About the Author
Mary has worked in the field of healthcare technology over the last ten years. She has implemented automated anaesthetic record keeping systems across 43 Queensland hospitals to provide a solution that supports improved clinical decision-making and patient outcomes in the perioperative setting. Mary has delivered patient queuing and wait management systems for Gold Coast outpatient clinics and has integrated electronic cardiotocography and intrapartum recording into the maternity section of the Gold Coast University Hospital. Prior to this, she worked for more than 20 years across a range of industries including defence, telecommunications, banking and healthcare in both management and consulting roles. Her project experiences range from the highly-technical (such as developing sonar and radio communications for defence) to those that transform businesses (for example, re-engineering company processes to handle a five times increase in the customer base). This wealth of experience has enabled her to develop advanced skills, not only in project and program management, but also business process re-engineering and organisational change management. Mary has also led, managed and mentored many multi-disciplinary project teams. This flexibility extends to her academic credentials. Mary holds degrees in Mathematics, as well as in Classics and Humanities. Her PhD thesis on human behaviour and belief systems was completed within three years and was described as outstanding by a senior Professor at Oxford University. Mary maintains her academic interests in parallel with her working life and has lectured and tutored part-time. She has authored and presented a paper on the mating rituals of the ancient Greek adolescent at .the Australian Society for Classical Studies (ASCS) 2007 conference. Mary has also authored and presented a paper on the benefits of anaesthetic record keeping at the Health Informatics Conference HIC2009. Her paper has since been published in the electronic Journal of Health Informatics.