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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 Rescuer

The Rescuer

(p.92) [7] The Rescuer
Women & Weasels

Maurizio Bettini

University of Chicago Press

This chapter considers the Resolution of Alcmene's story involving a weasel. It looks for possible connections between the weasel's cultural identity and its role in Alcmene's story as the helper of a woman in labor. It also discusses the relevance of the weasel's methods of conceiving and giving birth.

Keywords:   Alcmene, childbirth, animals, weasel, labor, cultural identity

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