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- Bronze Age (3500-1000 BC) o Cycladic female figurines. o Minoan “snake goddess.” o Fertility emphasized. - Decreased by 1000 BC - Increase in God/hero worship. - Reflects matriarchal to patriarchal shift. Symbols of the Great Goddess: - Serpent (Life-death-rebirth). - Moon (Life-death-rebirth) - Vessel (eg jar=womb) In Greece - Great Goddess functions divided. - Gaea functions dispersed. - Athena, Aphrodite, Demeter, et al. Athena - Fertility? Not so much. - Link with the patriarchal. - Born from Zeus, no mother. - Allied with heroes. - Patron Goddess of Athens. - Foundation myth for Athens. Athena and Arachne: - Arachne’s hubris. o Excessive pride.
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Unformatted text preview: o Violent arrogance. o Overstepping boundaries. -Arachne’s Hubris: -Athena’s reaction: o Athena accepts the challenge. o The weaving contest between Athena and Arachne. o Arachne weaves insulting images of the Gods. o Athena weaves imagines of Gods punishing mortals for their pride. o Athena Bitch Slaps Arachne. o Arachne hangs herself; Athena transforms her into a spider. o It is where we get the word Arachnid! Foundation Myth of Athens. -First King: Cecrops. -Contest between Poseidon and Athena. -Zeus had to mediate between the two. -The people said they would decide on the deity who gave better gift to the city....
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course CLASSICS 224 taught by Professor Kitchel during the Fall '09 term at UMass (Amherst).

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