08_1 Female Deities

08_1 Female Deities - Chapter Eight, Lecture One Female...

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Chapter Eight, Lecture One Female Olympians
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The Female Olympians Mostly reducible to some aspect of fertility Greek myth told by and for Greek males With the exception of Aphrodite and Athena, they never do very much
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Demeter “Wheat” mother? Connection with foundation myth of the Eleusinian Mysteries
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Hestia Goddess of the house Few stories (she’s inside all the time) No love affairs Had suitors briefly: Apollo and Poseidon Given honor instead of marriage
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Aphrodite
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Aphrodite Goddess of sexuality Her lineage As Aphro dite Zeus and Dione Connections with Eastern deities Istarte, Ishtar, Inanna
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Aphrodite One of her epithets is “Cytherea” Where she came ashore as the “foam” goddess. The story of Pygmalion, king of Cyprus King of Cyprus Disgusted by the profligate women of Cyprus Aphrodite gives his statue (Galatea?) life Their son is Paphos, name for a city sacred to Aphrodite
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Cinyras and Myrrha Paphos Eponymous hero of the capital of Cyprus Cinyras Myrrha
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