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By Wm. Blake Tyrrell, Frieda S. Brown

ISBN-10: 0195067185

ISBN-13: 9780195067187

This booklet analyzes the relationships among Athenian myths and the associations that knowledgeable them. particularly, it examines how myths encode options on ritual, the code of the warrior, marriage, and politics. Combining conventional ancient and literary feedback with the methods of anthropologists, feminist critics, and cultural historians, the authors examine particular examples of the epic and tragedy, in addition to funeral orations and the Parthenon marbles, to light up the methods mythic media exploited the ideals, recommendations, and practices of fifth-century Athens, concurrently exemplifying and shaping that tradition.

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Members of the same family, Ouranos and Kronos direct their hostilities at its very foundations, kinship ties. But the success of the deceitful and evil scheme has its price, and the children will pay for their father's blood. We do well at this point to remember that Hesiod's ac- 22 Athenian Myths and Institutions tual audience listened to his poems, a fact whose implications often go unnoticed by a reading audience. To read Hesiod as an authorial audience, that is, one for whom he may have intended his text [Rabinowitz, p.

The contest over sovereignty among the males is ended, since his son by Metis, the only male who could surpass him in cunning and seize kingship, is never conceived. More importantly, the twin threats of the female are finally quelled as Zeus assimilates her deceitful trickery and her procreativity by giving birth to Athena himself. Hesiod creates out of words a picture of the cosmos in which the problematics of life on earth are held in suspension. Zeus, although he overcomes or escapes the obstacles to his sovereignty, still owes vengeance to his father.

He alone among men is defined by death. At the risk of his life, he fights to save the community not for its sake but for his own. In pursuit of fame, he leaves his household defenseless to enter the battlefield before the city's walls or, in times of peace, the walls of other cities [Redfield, 100-3]. His drive for individual glory not only endangers his own life and that of his family but may spill over into bitter rivalries for primacy with other aristoi, imperiling the community from within.

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