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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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Wilde Frau, Savage Midwife

Wilde Frau, Savage Midwife

(p.173) [12] Wilde Frau, Savage Midwife
Women & Weasels

Maurizio Bettini

University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on the midwife in Alcmene's tale—a character for whom the Rescuer could be considered a mythological projection. This character not only helps us find possible connections between the dissonant aspects of the weasel in the story but also understand the cultural meaning of the Rescuer's cunning.

Keywords:   Alcmene, childbirth, midwife, mythological projection, Rescuer, cunning, weasel

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