Athena

ISBN-10: 0415300665

ISBN-13: 9780415300667

Edition: 2004

Authors: Susan Deacy
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Description: Susan Deacy provides a survey of one of the most enduringly popular of ancient deities.Athenahas received much scholarly attention in recent years but often with the focus only on certain aspects of the goddess. Athena is a much-needed, comprehensive assessment of the various representation and approaches. It introduces Athena's myth, cult and reception, while directing the reader to detailed discussion wherever appropriate. The book will be suitable for students, for the general reader with an interest in the ancient world and for those from related disciplines such as Literature, At History and Religion.

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 4/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 18
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.528
Language: English

Series foreword
Acknowledgements
List of illustrations
Why Athena?
Introducing Athena
Who was Athena?
Confronting diversity
Athena and her attributes
The scope of this book
Note on spelling and translations
Key Themes
The Birth of Athena
Introduction: hardly a headache
Antecedents
Capturing the moment
Cosmic terror: the Homeric Hymn to Athena
The succession myth and the defeat of the mother
Overview
Tracing Athena's Origins
Introduction: do origins matter?
Athena, matriarchy and the goddess movement
Bachofen and 'mother-right'
'Snake' and 'shield goddess'
Criticising the matriarchy myth
Warrior goddesses of the ancient world: ancestresses of Athena?
Overview
From Origins to Functions: Athena in the Pantheon
Introduction: confronting the pantheon
The 'new way': the functionalist paradigm
Athena and Poseidon: the horse and the sea
Athena and Hephaistos: skilled craft
Athena and Ares: war
Overview: a key to Athena?
Heroes, Heroines and the Trojan War
Introduction: helping friends, harming enemies
Heroes on quests
Odysseus and Herakles
'The Zeus-born Trojan girl'
Mythic females: helping men, harming women
Overview
Athena in Athens: Patron, Symbol and 'Mother'
Introduction
Athena, Zeus and social cohesion
Poseidon and the contest for the land
Athena's 'children': the story of the birth of Erichthonios
Overview
Early Athenian History
Introduction
The 'Mistress of At(h)ana' and the Mycenaean palace
The synoecism
566 and all that: the sixth century
The Persian invasion
Overview
All About Athena? The Classical Akropolis
Introduction
After the wars
Unity and imperialism
Prettifying the city: the Parthenon
Overview
The Wider Greek World
Introduction
Moving beyond Athens
Sparta: the bronze house and the bells
Argos: 'clear-sighted Athena'
Arcadia: a fertility goddess?
Delphi and elsewhere: the conception and protection of children
Assimilations: Anat and Minerva
Overview: a multiplicity of Athenas?
Athena Afterwards
From Being to Image: The Rise of Christianity and the Postclassical World
Introduction: moving beyond antiquity
From pagan abomination to ethical symbol
Allegory and symbolism
Literary Athenas
Feminism and gender theory
Overview
Further reading
Works cited
Index
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