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The glory of Hera : Greek mythology and the Greek family

Author: Philip Elliot Slater
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, 1971.
Series: Beacon paperback Ariadne, 7.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The mother-son relationship is the focus of this major study of Greek family and Greek mythology. Greek women married early, were excluded from public life, and had little legal protection; yet females figure prominently in Greek mythology and the maternal goddesses are often represented as powerful and aggressive. It is Slater's contention that women in Greek society exerted a strong matriarchal dominance, which  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Elliot Slater
ISBN: 0807057959 9780807057957
OCLC Number: 1821462
Description: xxvi, 513 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: The Greek mother-son relationship : origins and consequences --
Symbols, the serpent, and the oral-narcissistic dilemma --
Sexual dominance : Zeus --
Masculine antisepsis : Apollo --
Matricide : Orestes --
Self-emasculation : Hephaestus --
Identification with the aggressor : Dionysus I, the ritual --
Identification with the aggressor : Dionysus II, the attack in the womb --
Identification with the aggressor : Dionysus III, the attack on the neonate --
Identification with the aggressor : Dionysus IV, the attack on the mature god --
Maternal de-sexualization : Perseus --
The multiple defenses of Heracles --
Familial emphases in Greek myth : a statistical analysis --
A cross-cultural analysis of maternal ambivalence and narcissism --
Cultural pathology and cultural development.
Series Title: Beacon paperback Ariadne, 7.
Responsibility: by Philip E. Slater.

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"The mother-son relationship is the focus of this major study of Greek family and Greek mythology. Greek women married early, were excluded from public life, and had little legal protection; yet females figure prominently in Greek mythology and the maternal goddesses are often represented as powerful and aggressive. It is Slater's contention that women in Greek society exerted a strong matriarchal dominance, which simultaneously encouraged and stymied the exploits of the fable Greed hero. Slater pursues the themes of narcissism and psychological ambivalence as he studies the myths of Zeus, Apollo, Orestes, and Dionysus; and particularly Heracles (literally, 'the glory of Hera'), whose several responses to his persecutory mother, Hera, exemplify every mode of response to maternal threat. In a concluding section, Slater suggests cross-cultural and contemporary parallels to the Greek situation, notably in the life of the American middle class today"--Back cover.

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