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Women & weasels : mythologies of birth in ancient Greece and Rome

Author: Maurizio Bettini
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The connection between women and weasels is an ancient and favorable one, based in the Greek myth of a midwife who tricked the gods to ease Heracles' birth - and was turned into a weasel by Hera as  Read more...

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Named Person: Alkmene.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maurizio Bettini
ISBN: 9780226044743 0226044742
OCLC Number: 828333977
Description: x, 369 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The story of Alcmene saved by the weasel --
The story --
La folia --
The woman in labor --
The enemy --
The knots --
The resolution --
The rescuer --
The first identity of the rescuer --
Dissonance?: Pliny and birth through the mouth --
Animal metaphors and women's roles --
The forest of symbols is full of animals --
The weasel-rescuer is a complicated character --
Wilde Frau, savage midwife --
Godmother weasel --
An encyclopedia without footnotes --
Conclusion: Alcmene's thoughts.
Other Titles: Nascere.
Women and weasels
Responsibility: Maurizio Bettini ; translated by Emlyn Eisenach.

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