This chapter analyzes the Knots in Alcmene's story. Knots can be harmful at the moment of birth because a whole series of metaphors and cultural representations characterize the womb as a place of binding and loosening. The gesture of entwining the hands or crossing the legs was considered especially dangerous for a woman in labor. The Enemies outside Alcmene's house assumed precisely this position, performing a veneficium, a magic spell that was well known in the ancient Greek and Roman world.
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