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Athena : Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World - Susan Deacy


Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

Paperback Published: 13th February 2008
ISBN: 9780415300667
Number Of Pages: 175

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In this definitive assessment of the various representations and approaches to Athena, Susan Deacy does what no other has done before and brings all the aspects of this legendary figure into one, outstanding study.

A survey of one of the most enduringly popular of ancient deities, the book introduces Athena's myth, cult and reception, while directing the reader to detailed discussion as and when it is appropriate.

Students will find it a great help in their studies, and for the general reader with an interest in the ancient world and for those from related disciplines such as literature, art history and religion, it provides a mine of information and insight into this fascinating classical figure.

Industry Reviews

'The amount of information compactly conveyed is exceptional' - Times Higher Education

`Deacy is to be credited with developing the concept and format for an engaging and informative series. Her book on Athena ably fulfils the aims of this enterprise and is accessible to the general reader because it deals with such a broad range of evidence.' - Bryn Mawr Classical Review

'With precision and insight, the author discusses the festivals that honored Athena in the Greek world and the survival of Athena in Christianity. Students and scholars alike will be drawn into the discussion.' - CHOICE

"Excellent panorama of the various aspects of Athena's properties, cults, and reception; a good textbook for students...a very useful introduction to the cult, myths, significance, and later survival of the goddess." -Oxford Bibliographies Online

Series forewordp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xv
List of illustrationsp. xvii
Why Athena?p. 1
Introducing Athenap. 3
Who was Athena?p. 3
Confronting diversityp. 5
Athena and her attributesp. 7
The scope of this bookp. 8
Note on spelling and translationsp. 14
Key Themesp. 15
The Birth of Athenap. 17
Introduction: hardly a headachep. 17
Antecedentsp. 19
Capturing the momentp. 21
Cosmic terror: the Homeric Hymn to Athenap. 25
The succession myth and the defeat of the motherp. 28
Overviewp. 32
Tracing Athena's Originsp. 33
Introduction: do origins matter?p. 33
Athena, matriarchy and the goddess movementp. 34
Bachofen and 'mother-right'p. 37
'Snake' and 'shield goddess'p. 38
Criticising the matriarchy mythp. 39
Warrior goddesses of the ancient world: ancestresses of Athena?p. 41
Overviewp. 43
From Origins to Functions: Athena in the Pantheonp. 45
Introduction: confronting the pantheonp. 45
The 'new way': the functionalist paradigmp. 46
Athena and Poseidon: the horse and the seap. 47
Athena and Hephaistos: skilled craftp. 50
Athena and Ares: warp. 54
Overview: a key to Athena?p. 58
Heroes, Heroines and the Trojan Warp. 59
Introduction: helping friends, harming enemiesp. 59
Heroes on questsp. 61
Odysseus and Heraklesp. 62
'The Zeus-born Trojan girl'p. 68
Mythic females: helping men, harming womenp. 71
Overviewp. 72
Athena in Athens: Patron, Symbol and 'Mother'p. 74
Introductionp. 74
Athena, Zeus and social cohesionp. 76
Poseidon and the contest for the landp. 79
Athena's 'children': the story of the birth of Erichthoniosp. 80
Overviewp. 90
Early Athenian Historyp. 92
Introductionp. 92
The 'Mistress of At(h)ana' and the Mycenaean palacep. 94
The synoecismp. 97
566 and all that: the sixth centuryp. 98
The Persian invasionp. 102
Overviewp. 104
All About Athena? The Classical Akropolisp. 105
Introductionp. 105
After the warsp. 106
Unity and imperialismp. 108
Prettifying the city: the Parthenonp. 110
Overviewp. 120
The Wider Greek Worldp. 122
Introductionp. 122
Moving beyond Athensp. 123
Sparta: the bronze house and the bellsp. 127
Argos: 'clear-sighted Athena'p. 128
Arcadia: a fertility goddess?p. 130
Delphi and elsewhere: the conception and protection of childrenp. 132
Assimilations: Anat and Minervap. 134
Overview: a multiplicity of Athenas?p. 137
Athena Afterwardsp. 139
From Being to Image: The Rise of Christianity and the Postclassical Worldp. 141
Introduction: moving beyond antiquityp. 141
From pagan abomination to ethical symbolp. 142
Allegory and symbolismp. 145
Literary Athenasp. 149
Feminism and gender theoryp. 153
Overviewp. 156
Further readingp. 157
Works citedp. 162
Indexp. 171
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ISBN: 9780415300667
ISBN-10: 0415300665
Series: Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 175
Published: 13th February 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 13.16  x 0.99
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1