Women & WeaselsMythologies of Birth in Ancient Greece and Rome

Women & WeaselsMythologies of Birth in Ancient Greece and Rome

Maurizio Bettini and Emlyn Eisenach

Print publication date: 2014

ISBN: 9780226044743

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

This book looks at mythology and ancient belief, revising our understanding of myth, heroism, and the status of women and animals in Western culture. This book recounts and analyzes a variety of key literary and visual moments that highlight the weasel's many attributes. It highlights its legendary sexual and childbearing habits and symbolic association with witchcraft and midwifery, its role as a domestic pet favored by women, and its ability to slip in and out of tight spaces. The weasel, the book reveals, is present at many unexpected moments in human history, assisting women in labor and thwarting enemies who might plot their ruin.