Artemis (Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World) by Stephanie Lynn Budin

By Stephanie Lynn Budin

Artemis is a literary, iconographic, and archaeological examine of the traditional Greek goddess of the quest, who presided over the transitions and mediations among the wild and the civilized, formative years and adulthood, existence and loss of life. starting with a learn of the early origins of Artemis and her cult within the Bronze and Archaic a long time, Budin explores the goddess' personality and her function within the lives of her worshippers.

This quantity examines her start and formative years, her position within the divine kinfolk, her virginity, and her institutions with these areas the place the wilds turn into the "cities of simply men." the focal point then turns to Artemis’ position within the lives of youngsters and girls, quite how she is helping them navigate the transition to maturity and, possibly too usually, loss of life. Budin is going directly to think again the various extra harrowing features of Artemis’ mythology, similar to plague and bloodshed, whereas additionally studying a few of her kinder, oft missed institutions. ultimately, the function of Artemis in the Renaissance and glossy society is addressed, from the on-going fascination with the "breasts" at the statue of Artemis of Ephesos to the Artemisian points of Katniss Everdeen.

Written in an available variety, Artemis is an important source for college kids not just of Greek fantasy, faith and cult, but in addition these looking to comprehend the lives and roles of ladies and ladies in historic Greece, as this goddess presided over their major milestones, from maiden to spouse to mother.

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