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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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Dissonance? Pliny and Birth through the Mouth

Dissonance? Pliny and Birth through the Mouth

(p.131) [9] Dissonance? Pliny and Birth through the Mouth
Women & Weasels

Maurizio Bettini

University of Chicago Press

This chapter considers the possibility that one of the traits of the weasel deemed harmonious—giving birth through the mouth—might actually cause unexpected dissonance. There is another animal suspected of giving birth in the same unnatural fashion: the crow. Pliny elaborates on the information offered in Aristotle, asserting not only that the crow copulates with its mouth but also that it gives birth through its mouth. How then can we explain that the weasel, an animal that, like the crow, gives birth through the mouth, was, unlike the crow, considered good for women in labor?

Keywords:   weasel, childbirth, crow, Pliny, giving birth, Aristotle

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