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Author Bettini, Maurizio.

Title Women & weasels : mythologies of birth in ancient Greece and Rome / Maurizio Bettini ; translated by Emlyn Eisenach
Published Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (pages . cm)
Contents The story of Alcmene saved by the weasel -- The story -- La folia -- The woman in labor -- The enemy -- The knots -- The resolution -- The rescuer -- The first identity of the rescuer -- Dissonance?: Pliny and birth through the mouth -- Animal metaphors and women's roles -- The forest of symbols is full of animals -- The weasel-rescuer is a complicated character -- Wilde Frau, savage midwife -- Godmother weasel -- An encyclopedia without footnotes -- Conclusion: Alcmene's thoughts
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Alcmene (Greek mythology)
Childbirth -- Mythology.
Weasels -- Mythology
Women -- Mythology.
Alcmene (Greek mythology)
BODY, MIND & SPIRIT -- Spirituality -- Paganism & Neo-Paganism.
Childbirth -- Mythology.
RELIGION -- Antiquities & Archaeology.
Women -- Mythology.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 022603996X
Other Titles Nascere. English
Women and weasels