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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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The Enemy

The Enemy

(p.60) [4] The Enemy
Women & Weasels

Maurizio Bettini

University of Chicago Press

This chapter considers Hera as the quintessential Enemy, willing to do anything to keep her rival from giving birth, even resorting to magic. It suggests that the Enemy is a way to confront the possibly fatal dangers of childbirth, or perhaps simply a name to give to those nameless fears that hover before the eyes of the Woman in Labor. The chapter also looks at other individuals who share with Hera the role of the Enemy in Alcmene's story. These are the Pharmakides of Pausanias, the Eileithyiai, and the Moirai.

Keywords:   Hera, Woman in Labor, mythology, childbirth, enemy, Pharmakides, Eileithyiai, Moirai

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