By Wm. Blake Tyrrell, Frieda S. Brown
This booklet analyzes the relationships among Athenian myths and the associations that expert them. specifically, it examines how myths encode concepts on ritual, the code of the warrior, marriage, and politics. Combining conventional ancient and literary feedback with the methods of anthropologists, feminist critics, and cultural historians, the authors learn particular examples of the epic and tragedy, in addition to funeral orations and the Parthenon marbles, to light up the methods mythic media exploited the ideals, recommendations, and practices of fifth-century Athens, at the same time exemplifying and shaping that tradition.
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Nevertheless, the episode shows more openly than any other the latent tension in Hesiod's universe between Gaia and Zeus. Zeus wins kingship by defeating his father and retains it by overcoming Typhoeus, but in both battles Zeus's thunderbolts scorch Gaia. Against the Titans, it is "the life-bearing gaia": Zeus could no longer hold back his fighting spirit, which straightway surged to fill his heart and showed all his strength, as from the sky and from Olympos he advanced with steady pace amid flashes of lightning 36 Athenian Myths and Institutions and from his stout hand let fly thunderbolts that crashed and spewed forth a stream of sacred flames.
When Zeus desired that the Bronze Age pass from sight, Deucalion, on Prometheus' advice, built an ark. Loading it with suitable supplies, he embarked with Pyrrha. Zeus poured down from heaven a great deluge and inundated most of Greece so that all mankind perished except for a few who escaped to the nearest high mountains. At that time the mountains in Thessaly separated, and all that lay beyond the Peloponnesus was overwhelmed. Deucalion, carried across the sea in his boat for nine days and as many nights, came to Mt.
Men's strategy of attributing and blaming human miseries on Woman is not peculiar to Hesiod. In Genesis, Eve gives Adam the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He accepts, causing his expulsion from Eden and from the presence of his Lord God. The land now begrudges Adam his bread. The conceptions of paradise and divinity differ, and, unlike Hesiod's Woman, Eve is also punished, yet identical strategies are used to relieve tension. The serpent, comparable as a mythic mediator to Prometheus, receives the brunt of the Lord God's wrath, while Eve survives in her descendants who endure the wrath of men.