By Susan Deacy

ISBN-10: 0203932145

ISBN-13: 9780203932148

ISBN-10: 0415300657

ISBN-13: 9780415300650

ISBN-10: 0415300665

ISBN-13: 9780415300667

In this definitive review of many of the representations and methods to Athena, Susan Deacy does what no different has performed earlier than and brings all of the facets of this mythical determine into one, awesome study.

A survey of 1 of the main enduringly well known of historical deities, the book introduces Athena’s delusion, cult and reception, whereas directing the reader to unique dialogue as and whilst it's applicable.

Students will locate it an excellent assist in their experiences, and for the overall reader with an curiosity within the historic global and for these from comparable disciplines akin to literature, artwork historical past and faith, itВ provides a mine of data and perception into thisВ fascinating classical figure.

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As this chapter unfolds I will consider some possible reasons for Hephaistos’ actions, and in Chapter 3, further possibilities will be proposed when we come to explore Athena’s relationship with the craft god. In the meantime, suffice it to say that this vase presents us with a range of features, notably the closeness THE BIRTH OF ATHENA 23 of Athena and Zeus who act in concert against Hephaistos even as the goddess is being born. More elaborate is figure 2, an Attic black-figure amphora from around 540, which, being so much larger, is able to include many more details.

ZAL, who possibly emerged out of his skull (West 1999: 278–9; 280). ZAL’s birth lies behind the story of Athena’s head birth but it at least raises the possibility of a Hittite background to the story. Moving to Mesopotamian myth, a more promising antecedent may be discerned: the story of the ascent from the netherworld of Inanna, the principal goddess of the Mesopotamian pantheon, a deity similar to Athena in certain regards as a warrior (though also the love goddess) whose attributes included the owl.

The hot vapour lapped round the earthborn Titans: flame unspeakable rose to the bright upper air: the flashing glare of the thunderstone and lightning blinded their eyes for all that they were strong. (689–700, Loeb translation, slightly adapted) As on the occasion of Athena’s birth, the whole kosmos is affected with normal order suspended. Perhaps this is what the artist of figure 1 had in mind in showing Zeus wielding the thunderbolt while the emerging Athena is shaking her spear, with the warrior spectacle of her birth comparable to the effects produced by the weapon of Zeus.

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