Gender and Immortality: Heroines in Ancient Greek Myth and Cult (Princeton Legacy Library)

Gender and Immortality: Heroines in Ancient Greek Myth and Cult (Princeton Legacy Library)


In fresh years, the subject of historical Greek hero cult has been the focal point of substantial dialogue between classicists. Little recognition, even though, has been paid to woman heroized figures. right here Deborah Lyons argues for the heroine as a different type in historical Greek spiritual ideology and day-by-day perform. The heroine, she believes, needs to be situated inside of a community of kinfolk among female and male, mortal and immortal. utilizing facts starting from Homeric epic to Attic vase portray to historic go back and forth writing, she makes an attempt to re-integrate the female into our photo of Greek notions of the hero. based on Lyons, heroines vary from male heroes in different the most important methods, between that's the facility to pass the limits among mortal and immortal. She extra exhibits that focus to heroines clarifies basic Greek rules of mortal/immortal relationships.

The e-book first discusses heroines either when it comes to heroes and as a separate spiritual and mythic phenomenon. It examines the cultural meanings of heroines in ritual and illustration, their use as examples for mortals, and their common "biographies." The version of "ritual antagonism," during which mythic figures represented as antagonistic proportion a cult, is eventually converted via an exploration of the mythic correspondences among the god Dionysos and the heroines surrounding him, and during a rethinking of the connection among Iphigeneia and Artemis. An appendix, which identifies greater than heroines, rounds out this vigorous work.

Originally released in 1997.

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