Literary Criticism

Women and Weasels

Mythologies of Birth in Ancient Greece and Rome

Author: Maurizio Bettini

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022603996X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 368

View: 4547

If you told a woman her sex had a shared, long-lived history with weasels, she might deck you. But those familiar with mythology know better: that the connection between women and weasels is an ancient and favorable one, based in the Greek myth of a midwife who tricked the gods to ease Heracles’s birth—and was turned into a weasel by Hera as punishment. Following this story as it is retold over centuries in literature and art, Women and Weasels takes us on a journey through mythology and ancient belief, revising our understanding of myth, heroism, and the status of women and animals in Western culture. Maurizio Bettini recounts and analyzes a variety of key literary and visual moments that highlight the weasel’s many attributes. We learn of its legendary sexual and childbearing habits and symbolic association with witchcraft and midwifery, its role as a domestic pet favored by women, and its ability to slip in and out of tight spaces. The weasel, Bettini reveals, is present at many unexpected moments in human history, assisting women in labor and thwarting enemies who might plot their ruin. With a parade of symbolic associations between weasels and women—witches, prostitutes, midwives, sisters-in-law, brides, mothers, and heroes—Bettini brings to life one of the most venerable and enduring myths of Western culture.
Literary Criticism

Women and Weasels

Mythologies of Birth in Ancient Greece and Rome

Author: Maurizio Bettini

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226044743

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 382

View: 5050

If you told a woman her sex had a shared, long-lived history with weasels, she might deck you. But those familiar with mythology know better: that the connection between women and weasels is an ancient and favorable one, based in the Greek myth of a midwife who tricked the gods to ease Heracles’s birth—and was turned into a weasel by Hera as punishment. Following this story as it is retold over centuries in literature and art, Women and Weasels takes us on a journey through mythology and ancient belief, revising our understanding of myth, heroism, and the status of women and animals in Western culture. Maurizio Bettini recounts and analyzes a variety of key literary and visual moments that highlight the weasel’s many attributes. We learn of its legendary sexual and childbearing habits and symbolic association with witchcraft and midwifery, its role as a domestic pet favored by women, and its ability to slip in and out of tight spaces. The weasel, Bettini reveals, is present at many unexpected moments in human history, assisting women in labor and thwarting enemies who might plot their ruin. With a parade of symbolic associations between weasels and women—witches, prostitutes, midwives, sisters-in-law, brides, mothers, and heroes—Bettini brings to life one of the most venerable and enduring myths of Western culture.
Religion

Prophecy and Prophets in Stories

Papers Read at the Fifth Meeting of the Edinburgh Prophecy Network, Utrecht, October 2013

Author: Bob E.J.H. Becking,Hans Barstad

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 900429113X

Category: Religion

Page: 292

View: 9308

Much evidence on the phenomenon of prophecy has come down as part of stories and narratives. The essays in this volume search the role of prophets and prophecy in a variety of text, mainly from the Hebrew Bible.
Religion

Imagery, Ritual, and Birth

Ontology between the Sacred and the Secular

Author: Anna M. Hennessey

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498548741

Category: Religion

Page: 226

View: 8692

Every human being is born and has gone through a process of birth. This book explores how imagery is used in religious, secular, and nonreligious ways during the contemporary rituals of birth, through analysis of a wide variety of art, iconography, poetry, and material culture.

Gallorömische Heiligtümer

Neue Studien zur Lage und den räumlichen Bezügen

Author: Julia Budei

Publisher: Studia Archaeologica Palatina

ISBN: 9783447106252

Category:

Page: 137

View: 5308

English summary: Even before the conquest of Gaul by Julius Caesar, there had been sustained contact between the Celtic peoples of Gaul and the Romans and this cultural contact intensified as Gaul became a Roman province. One aspect of the mixing of Celtic and Roman traditions that was unique to the northwest provinces of the Roman Empire is the development of the Gallo-Roman ambulatory temples, a temple that emerged alongside a new Gallo-Roman pantheon. Using new methods for understanding the construction and awareness of space, Julia Budei's offers a new examination into this type of temple and how it operated in the process of creating a new cultural form that borrowed from both Roman and Celtic traditions. German description: Schon vor der Einnahme Galliens begann ein durch Kulturkontakte initiierter Prozess der Romanisierung, aus dem eine gallo-romische Variante der Provinzialkultur hervorging, die romische und keltische Traditionen vereinte. Vor allem im Bereich der Religion ist die kulturelle Vermischung und Neuformung deutlich zu erkennen. Neben einem gallo-romischen Pantheon entsteht ein vollig neuer Typus des Heiligtums, der nur in den nordwestlichen Provinzen des imperium Romanum zu finden ist: der gallo-romische Umgangstempel. Diese Tempelgattung wird in Julia Budeis Studie unter Gesichtspunkten untersucht, die in der provinzialromischen Forschung erst seit Kurzem Anwendung finden. Zu ihnen gehoren die genaue Betrachtung der Lage der Bauten innerhalb der Landschaft sowie ihre raumlichen Bezuge. Uber diese Aspekte konnen neue Erkenntnisse in Bezug auf die Wahrnehmung des Raumes und der entstandenen Religion gewonnen werden. Zudem bietet sich durch die Untersuchung eine neue Perspektive auf die Frage der Romanisierung und die haufig gestellte Frage nach der Gewichtung der romischen und keltischen Traditionen innerhalb der neuen Kultur.
Discourse analysis, Narrative

The Story of Myth

Author: Sarah Iles Johnston

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0674185072

Category: Discourse analysis, Narrative

Page: 384

View: 2400

Sarah Iles Johnston argues that the nature of myths as gripping tales starring vivid characters enabled them to do their most important work: sustaining belief in the gods and heroes of Greek religion. She shows how Greek myths--and the stories told by all cultures--affect our shared view of the cosmos and the creatures who inhabit it.
Social Science

Encyclopedia of Beasts and Monsters in Myth, Legend and Folklore

Author: Theresa Bane

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 147662268X

Category: Social Science

Page: 428

View: 7985

“Here there be dragons”—this notation was often made on ancient maps to indicate the edges of the known world and what lay beyond. Heroes who ventured there were only as great as the beasts they encountered. This encyclopedia contains more than 2,200 monsters of myth and folklore, who both made life difficult for humans and fought by their side. Entries describe the appearance, behavior, and cultural origin of mythic creatures well-known and obscure, collected from traditions around the world.

Hexensabbat

Entzifferung einer nächtlichen Geschichte

Author: Carlo Ginzburg

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783803125064

Category:

Page: 459

View: 3400

Einhorn, Sphinx und Salamander

das Buch der imaginären Wesen

Author: Jorge Luis Borges,Margarita Guerrero

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783596105847

Category:

Page: 222

View: 9313

Das Buch der imaginären Wesen geht weit über seinen ursprünglichen Titel und Rahmen - 'Handhabung der phantastischen Zoologie' - hinaus. Neben Fabeltieren von der doppelköpfigen Schlange Amphisbaena bis zum Schiffe versenkenden Riesenfisch Zaratan umfaßt das Werk auch die in-teressantesten metaphysischen Geschöpfe der menschlichen Phantasie, darunter etwa jüdische Dämonen, Swedenborgs Engel oder die nicht nur in verstöpselten Flaschen vorkommenden Dschinn. Die Lektüre der meisten Artikel wird dank des bewußt faktischen Tonfalls zu einem höchst spöttischen Vergnügen; der Anhang bietet weitergehende Informationen über die ergötzlichsten Monster der Weltliteratur.
Religionskritik

Der Herr ist kein Hirte

wie Religion die Welt vergiftet

Author: Christopher Hitchens

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783453620360

Category: Religionskritik

Page: 349

View: 1619

History

Paideia

Die Formung des griechischen Menschen

Author: Werner Jaeger

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110842297

Category: History

Page: 1398

View: 4197

Katze

Author: Katharine M. Rogers

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783836926430

Category:

Page: 206

View: 8340

Griechenland Altertum

Griechische Mythologie

ein Handbuch

Author: Herbert J. Rose

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 9783406629013

Category: Griechenland Altertum

Page: 441

View: 6423

Fiction

Theogonie

Author: Hesiod

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3743713306

Category: Fiction

Page: 32

View: 4647

Hesiod: Theogonie Entstanden im 7. Jahrhundert v. Chr. Hier in der Übers. v. Rudolf Peppmüller, Halle a.d.S.: Verlag der Buchhandlung des Waisenhauses, 1896. Neuausgabe mit einer Biographie des Autors. Herausgegeben von Karl-Maria Guth. Berlin 2017. Textgrundlage ist die Ausgabe: Hesiodos. Übers. v. Rudolf Peppmüller, Halle a. d. S.: Verlag der Buchhandlung des Waisenhauses, 1896. Die Paginierung obiger Ausgabe wird in dieser Neuausgabe als Marginalie zeilengenau mitgeführt. Umschlaggestaltung von Thomas Schultz-Overhage unter Verwendung des Bildes: Jakob Asmus Carstens, Kampf der Titanen und Götter, 1795. Gesetzt aus der Minion Pro, 11 pt.