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Women & WeaselsMythologies of Birth in Ancient Greece and Rome$
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Maurizio Bettini and Emlyn Eisenach

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226044743

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226039961.001.0001

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Prologue on Olympus

Prologue on Olympus

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(p.1) Prologue on Olympus
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Women & Weasels
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Maurizio Bettini

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226039961.003.0001

Legend says on the day that Alcmene was supposed to give birth to Heracles in Thebes, Zeus addressed himself to all the gods and declared the impending birth of a man who will rule all who dwell around him, one of the men who by lineage and blood descended from him. This chapter discusses the four themes of Homer's story: the way that Zeus formulates his initial pronouncement; the meaning of this solemn declaration; the way that Hera distorts Zeus' solemn declaration and the crafty use she makes of his words; and the importance that Zeus, and thus also Hera, attaches to the particular day a child is to be born.

Keywords:   Hera, Zeus, Homer, Homeric gods, child, birth

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