hum lec16 - February 14th, 2008 Humanities week 6 lecture 2...

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February 14 th , 2008 Humanities week 6 lecture 2 The Rape of Persephone Argue that Olympian religion is the rise of the polis, related to geographical localization, political adaptation. Focus: element of rape, not an original part of the story Masculine element s are intrusive reflects the two goddess in the poem and the Olympian religion Argue the Olympian religion is the rise of the polis, related to geographical localization, and political adaptation I. Demeter and Women’s Religion a. Demeter as a Deity i. Goddess of all vegetation ii. Associated with grain (staple foods) iii. Seen as the benefactor of the human race as her role as provider of staple foods iv. Sicily mostly associated with Demeter v. Elusis associated with her too vi. Demeter is distinct from the earth Goddess (Gia?) [prehelenic deity] vii. Demeter is a sort of mother figure for the human race b. Women’s Cults i. Athens cults that attended to exclusively by women. ii. One of these cults are festival of furia(?) women took over civic center “downtown” and allowed no men and performed secrete rites iii. All of these festivals were devoted to Demeter iv. She has exclusively women components v. Demeter and Persephone were not “women gods” it allowed both male and female worshippers, but they are in a sense that they are the patronages of women vi. They occupied a special place in women’s life in ancient Athens and Greece. “they are at the center of female worshippers” II. Rape in Greek Myth
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HUMANITIES 2 taught by Professor Edwards during the Winter '08 term at UCSD.

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hum lec16 - February 14th, 2008 Humanities week 6 lecture 2...

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