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Two Paradigms of Mockery in Greek Myth

Ralph M. Rosen

in Making Mockery: The Poetics of Ancient Satire

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195309966
eISBN:
9780199789443
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309966.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter analyzes two Greek myths — the story of Iambe and Demeter, and that of Heracles and the Cercopes — as a reflection of how Greeks could conceptualize comic mockery as “performance”, ... More


What is A Greek God?

Jan N. Bremmer and Andrew Erskine

in The Gods of Ancient Greece: Identities and Transformations

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748637980
eISBN:
9780748670758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637980.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

The Greeks were polytheists who believed in a multitude of gods. In the modern discussion of Greek religion the gods take second place to ritual, and the study of individual gods is privileged over ... More


The Myth of Demeter and Persephone

Leonard Shengold

in Haunted by Parents

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300116106
eISBN:
9780300134681
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300116106.003.0006
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology

This chapter focuses on the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone, which alludes to the change of seasons and exemplifies the link between change and expectation of loss. It emphasizes the myth's ... More


The Homeric Hymn to Demeter: Some Central Questions Revisited

Nicholas Richardson

in The Homeric Hymns: Interpretative Essays

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199589036
eISBN:
9780191728983
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589036.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter revisits key issues for the interpretation of the Homeric Hymn to Demeter since the publication of Nicholas Richardson's commentary on the poem in 1974. Issues examined include the ... More


The View from Eleusis Demeter in the Persian Wars

Deborah Boedeker

in Cultural Responses to the Persian Wars: Antiquity to the Third Millennium

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199279678
eISBN:
9780191707261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279678.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter explores another tradition in which Eleusinian Demeter played a particularly important role, especially at Plataea, where a fragmentary dedicatory inscription has been found in situ, but ... More


The feminine and the sacred

Pierre Brulé and Antonia Nevill

in Women of Ancient Greece

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748616435
eISBN:
9780748651023
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748616435.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

In the distribution of genders (and sexes) among the Greek immortals, the feminine position is by no means subordinate. Goddesses such as Demeter, Athena and Hera are not concerned with ... More


Stages of subjectivity

Frances Babbage

in Re-Visioning Myth: Modern and Contemporary Drama by Women

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719067525
eISBN:
9781781701782
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719067525.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Drama

According to Hélène Cixous, the very concept of ‘character’ is a straitjacket: promising subtlety, it is in the end always a reductive puzzle whereby the subject exists in order ‘to be figured out, ... More


Persian Sovereignty and the Gods of the Athenians

Mark Munn

in The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520243491
eISBN:
9780520931589
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520243491.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter considers some of the tensions generated by the murder of Darius' heralds and the rejection by the Athenians of the Mother of the Gods. It traces the evidence for continuing changes in ... More


Conclusion

Rosemary Radford Ruether

in Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520231467
eISBN:
9780520940413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231467.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

The powerful goddesses we find during the second and first millennia BCE in societies in Mesopotamia, Palestine, Egypt, and Greece—such as Inanna/Ishtar, Anat, Isis, and Demeter—do not appear to be ... More


The “Plantheon” of Greek Mythology

Lincoln Taiz and Lee Taiz

in Flora Unveiled: The Discovery and Denial of Sex in Plants

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780190490263
eISBN:
9780190868673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190490263.003.0007
Subject:
Biology, Ecology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

“The ‘Plantheon’ of Greek Mythology” examines how—before the emergence of competing scientific paradigms—agricultural paradigms were subsumed into myth and integrated into religious worldviews that ... More


Goddesses and World Renewal in the Ancient Mediterranean

Rosemary Radford Ruether

in Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520231467
eISBN:
9780520940413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231467.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter focuses on particular patterns of mythic thought in the ancient cultures of the Near East, Egypt, and Greece in which goddesses play a central role in world renewal. It looks ... More


Gender Matters: Druids, Druidesses and Gender-Crossers

Miranda Aldhouse-Green

in Caesar's Druids: Story of an Ancient Priesthood

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300124422
eISBN:
9780300165883
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300124422.003.0011
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter explains that many of the Classical writers who mention Druids are silent on the matter of Druidesses, although persistent references to Gallic female priests are contained within the ... More


The Getty Hexameters: Date, Author, and Place of Composition

Jan N. Bremmer

in The Getty Hexameters: Poetry, Magic, and Mystery in Ancient Selinous

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199664108
eISBN:
9780191745768
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664108.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Archaeology: Classical

This chapter discusses the date, author, and place of composition of the Getty Hexameters in the course of a running commentary on lines 1–20 of Column I, which pays attention to its literary ... More


Introduction

J. Mira Seo

in Exemplary Traits: Reading Characterization in Roman Poetry

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199734283
eISBN:
9780199344963
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734283.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The introduction defines characterization in Roman poetry as a form of allusion, and establishes its basis in Stoic philosophy, rhetorical practice, and mechanisms of exemplarity. Repetition and ... More


Purging the Polis: Erinyes, Eumenides, and Semnai Theai

Sarah Iles Johnston

in Restless Dead: Encounters between the Living and the Dead in Ancient Greece

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780520217072
eISBN:
9780520922310
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520217072.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter looks closely at the Erinyes and two related groups of goddesses, the Eumenides and the Semnai Theai, and at the relationship between the goddess Erinys and Demeter. The Erinyes acted on ... More


Demeter’s Lamentation and Baubo’s Mockery: Responses to the Marriage (Abduction) of Persephone

Sarah Weiss

in Ritual Soundings: Women Performers and World Religions

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780252042294
eISBN:
9780252051135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042294.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

The chapter serves as an interlude between two comparative chapters on wedding lamentation and wedding mockery. It presents an analysis of the myth of Demeter and Persephone, exploring the function ... More


Polis Cults

Maria Mili

in Religion and Society in Ancient Thessaly

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780198718017
eISBN:
9780191787447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718017.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

The chapter examines those cults that could, on the basis of various criteria, be classified as the public cults of Thessalian poleis. Some of the most characteristic Thessalian gods are discussed, ... More


Final Years in Rome

T. Corey Brennan

in Sabina Augusta: An Imperial Journey

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780190250997
eISBN:
9780190875428
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190250997.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical, Ancient Religions

Direct evidence for Sabina’s activities as Augusta in and around Rome is disappointing. Although inscriptions suggest some (limited) benefactions by the empress, the most conspicuous expression of ... More


The Last Greenhouse World

Jan Zalasiewicz and Mark Williams

in The Goldilocks Planet: The 4 billion year story of Earth's climate

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780199593576
eISBN:
9780191918018
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199593576.003.0010
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmentalist Thought and Ideology

Ellesmere Island today is a destination only to a particular type of tourist: rich enough to afford the most exclusive of package tours, and hardy (or ascetic) enough to yearn for the spiritual ... More


Pan in the Alps: Child and Adult in H.D.’s

Sheila Murnaghan and Deborah H. Roberts

in Childhood and the Classics: Britain and America, 1850-1965

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780199583478
eISBN:
9780191747472
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199583478.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter focuses on The Hedgehog, an autobiographical novella by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) that straddles the division between children’s and adult literature and exposes an adult’s stake in a ... More


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