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An Encyclopedia without Footnotes

Maurizio Bettini

in Women & Weasels: Mythologies of Birth in Ancient Greece and Rome

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226044743
eISBN:
9780226039961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226039961.003.0015
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter suggests that the choice of the weasel as the Rescuer in Alcmene's story was not made by chance, but was the result of a sense of the weasel's identity that emerged from the stories that ... More


Wilde Frau, Savage Midwife

Maurizio Bettini

in Women & Weasels: Mythologies of Birth in Ancient Greece and Rome

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226044743
eISBN:
9780226039961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226039961.003.0013
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter focuses on the midwife in Alcmene's tale—a character for whom the Rescuer could be considered a mythological projection. This character not only helps us find possible connections ... More


Godmother Weasel

Maurizio Bettini

in Women & Weasels: Mythologies of Birth in Ancient Greece and Rome

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226044743
eISBN:
9780226039961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226039961.003.0014
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter shows that the weasel is regarded as a woman not only in the Roman world but also in many other cultures across Europe. The story of Alcmene emerges as only one tale within a more ... More


The Story

Maurizio Bettini

in Women & Weasels: Mythologies of Birth in Ancient Greece and Rome

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226044743
eISBN:
9780226039961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226039961.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter analyzes the story of Alcmene and the weasel. It considers different versions of Alcmene's tale as told by Pausanias, Ovid, Libanius, Antoninus Liberalis, Aelian, and Istros. It also ... More


La Folia

Maurizio Bettini

in Women & Weasels: Mythologies of Birth in Ancient Greece and Rome

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226044743
eISBN:
9780226039961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226039961.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter uses a musical metaphor in an attempt to describe the different versions of Alcmene's tale as a group of variations on the same melodic theme. Given that no melody has ever given rise to ... More


The Woman in Labor

Maurizio Bettini

in Women & Weasels: Mythologies of Birth in Ancient Greece and Rome

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226044743
eISBN:
9780226039961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226039961.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter focuses on the use of metaphor to describe childbirth. It shows that neither Homer nor Ovid nor Antoninus tell us everything we want to know about the moment of Heracles' birth. Instead ... More


The Knots

Maurizio Bettini

in Women & Weasels: Mythologies of Birth in Ancient Greece and Rome

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226044743
eISBN:
9780226039961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226039961.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter analyzes the Knots in Alcmene's story. Knots can be harmful at the moment of birth because a whole series of metaphors and cultural representations characterize the womb as a place of ... More


The Resolution

Maurizio Bettini

in Women & Weasels: Mythologies of Birth in Ancient Greece and Rome

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226044743
eISBN:
9780226039961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226039961.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

There are two main versions of the Resolution of Alcmene's story. In some versions, a young woman (Historis, Galanthis, Galinthias, Akalanthis) tricks Alcmene's Enemies by making them think that ... More


The Rescuer

Maurizio Bettini

in Women & Weasels: Mythologies of Birth in Ancient Greece and Rome

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226044743
eISBN:
9780226039961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226039961.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter considers the Resolution of Alcmene's story involving a weasel. It looks for possible connections between the weasel's cultural identity and its role in Alcmene's story as the helper of ... More


The Forest of Symbols Is Full of Animals

Maurizio Bettini

in Women & Weasels: Mythologies of Birth in Ancient Greece and Rome

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226044743
eISBN:
9780226039961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226039961.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter argues that an animal resides within a complex and active world made up of overlapping discourses or of interrelated stories. It would be futile to look for the perfect point of ... More


Conclusion: Alcmene's Thoughts

Maurizio Bettini

in Women & Weasels: Mythologies of Birth in Ancient Greece and Rome

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226044743
eISBN:
9780226039961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226039961.003.0016
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter considers other variants of Alcmene's story that turn up unexpectedly in far distant lands. These variants are so similar to the stories that we have already seen that we will have no ... More


Dream Visions and Prophecies

M. David Litwa

in How the Gospels Became History: Jesus and Mediterranean Myths

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780300242638
eISBN:
9780300249484
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300242638.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter compares dream visions and prophecies in mythic historiography with analogous stories in the gospels. Most of the visions and prophecies reveal the birth of a divine child. Fathers have ... More


Empty Tombs and Translation

M. David Litwa

in How the Gospels Became History: Jesus and Mediterranean Myths

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780300242638
eISBN:
9780300249484
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300242638.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter first compares Jesus’s translation and reappearance story with similar tales of Achilles appearing in a transformed body around White Island. Both Achilles and Jesus were translated ... More


Matermorphoses: Motherhood and the Ovidian Epic Subject

Mairéad McAuley

in Reproducing Rome: Motherhood in Virgil, Ovid, Seneca, and Statius

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
December 2015
ISBN:
9780199659364
eISBN:
9780191808968
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659364.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter is a study of the numerous mother figures and uses of maternal imagery in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. It shows how, in creations like Ceres, Venus, Niobe, Althaea, Alcmene, and Hecuba, Ovid ... More


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