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Athene: Virgin and Mother in Greek Religion (Dunquin Series: No. 9) Paperback – June 5, 1998

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The Awesome Goddess who affects the fates of both women and men, Athene unites the virginal father's daughter and the encouraging mother of the spirit. Karl Kerenyi's careful rendering of the many aspects of her mythos demonstrates a profound understanding of feminine intelligence, both in its fierceness and its darker animal nature (especially apparent in the symbolism of owl, goat, horse, and Gorgon). The archetypal image of Athene provides a mythological background of communal and political consciousness, individuality and the power of mind. The result of meticulous and articulate scholarship, Athene is further enhanced with a psychological postscript by Murray Stein. Highly recommended reading! -- Midwest Book Review

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Text: English, German (translation)
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  • Series: Dunquin Series: No. 9
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Spring Publications; Revised edition (June 5, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882142097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882142098
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,212,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kerenyi traces the origin of the name "Athena" to an Etruscan root denoting a "kind of vessel [or] dish" and associates this with ritual vessels used in temples to hold an ever-burning flame, hence: "Vessel of the sacred fire." For Kerenyi, Athena is at the core of ancient Greek religion. She was second only to Zeus in terms of worship received, far surpassing Hera as a representative of the feminine principle. Kerenyi attempts to unpack the rich complexities of this figure. Why was Athena so appealing to the Greeks (and to many still today)? How could such a strong warrior-woman figure flourish in the Zeus-dominated, increasingly patriarchal Greek world? Kerenyi suggests (among other things) that Athena represents a last survival of an ancient matriarchal tradition based on goddess-worship which managed to survive so far into the current era partly by accommodating itself to the new patriarchal order. She was still a rich, powerful, living figure up until the Romans took over and turned her into Minerva, who had much less significance in the new pantheon. This book is indispensable for anyone wanting to delve into the depths behind the figure of the mythological Athena!
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A modern psychiatric analysis of an ancient Greek deity. It has some interesting points but....no, there are some badly chosen examples in there. I had a good think about it and have dismissed it from my research.
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