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The Children of Athena : Athenian Ideas about Citizenship and the Division between the Sexes - Nicole Loraux

The Children of Athena

Athenian Ideas about Citizenship and the Division between the Sexes

By: Nicole Loraux, Caroline Levine (Translator), Froma I. Zeitlin (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 28th August 1994
ISBN: 9780691037622
Number Of Pages: 296

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According to one myth, the first Athenian citizen was born from the earth after the sperm of a rejected lover, the god Hephaistos, dripped off the virgin goddess Athena's leg and onto fertile soil. Henceforth Athenian citizens could claim to be truly indigenous to their city and to have divine origins that bypassed maternity. In these essays, the renowned French Hellenist Nicole Loraux examines the implication of this and other Greek origin myths as she explores how Athenians in the fifth century forged and maintained a collective identity.

"[This] book is provocative, original, subtle, and scholarly, and offers important general lessons about the functioning of Athenian myth, religion, literature, and culture... This translation ... will certainly help more people to see ... why Loraux has achieved 'classic status' in [her field]."--Simon Goldhill, Bryn Mawr Classical Review "A manifesto for a historian's reading of myths in their civic contexts."--L'Histoire "This is a great book of the historian's imagination, of the capacity to imagine how the players of a long-gone civilization thought and reacted... [A] brilliant book."--Quinzaine Litt?raire "... continues to occupy a central and provocative place in current discussion... The text is also admirably lucid and pleasant to read... The Children of Athena may be read with profit by anyone. To those who have not encountered it, I recommend it highly."--Charles W. Hedrick, Jr., Journal of the History of Sexuality

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Introduction
Autochthony and the Athenian Imaginaryp. 3
Fragments of a Lexicon for the Acropolisp. 23
Athenians and Women
Autochthony: An Athenian Topicp. 37
On the Race of Women and Some of Its Tribes: Hesiod and Semonidesp. 72
The Athenian Name: Imaginary Structures of Lineage in Athensp. 111
Reality, Fiction: Women of Athens
The Comic Acropolis: Aristophanes, Lysistratap. 147
Autochthonous Kreousa: Euripides, Ionp. 184
Epilogue: Once Again, the Woman, the Virgin, Female Atheniansp. 237
Bibliographyp. 251
Indexp. 267
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780691037622
ISBN-10: 0691037620
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 28th August 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.44 x 15.57  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.51