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The Athenian Adonia in Context: The Adonis Festival As Cultural Practice
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Publisher Univ of Wisconsin Pr
Publication date May 11, 2016
Pages 248
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780299308209
ISBN-10 0299308200
Dimensions 0 by 6 by 9 in.
Original list price $65.00
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Ancient sources and modern scholars have often represented the Athenian festival of Adonis as a marginal and faintly ridiculous private women’s ritual. Seeds were planted each year in pots and, once sprouted, carried to the rooftops, where women lamented the death of Aphrodite’s youthful consort Adonis. Laurialan Reitzammer resourcefully examines a wide array of surviving evidence about the Adonia, arguing for its symbolic importance in fifth- and fourth-century Athenian culture as an occasion for gendered commentary on mainstream Athenian practices.
            Reitzammer uncovers correlations of the Adonia to Athenian wedding rituals and civic funeral oration and provides illuminating evidence that the festival was a significant cultural template for such diverse works as Aristophanes’ drama Lysistrata and Plato’s dialogue Phaedrus. Her fresh approach is a timely contribution to studies of the ways gender and sexuality intersect with religion and ritual in ancient Greece.


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