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Women & Weasels: Mythologies of Birth in Ancient Greece and Rome

Maurizio Bettini and Emlyn Eisenach


This book looks at mythology and ancient belief, revising our understanding of myth, heroism, and the status of women and animals in Western culture. This book recounts and analyzes a variety of key literary and visual moments that highlight the weasel's many attributes. It highlights its legendary sexual and childbearing habits and symbolic association with witchcraft and midwifery, its role as a domestic pet favored by women, and its ability to slip in and out of tight spaces. The weasel, the book reveals, is present at many unexpected moments in human history, assisting women in labor and t ... More

Keywords: mythology, ancient belief, heroism, status of women, Western culture, weasel, witchcraft, midwifery, pet

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226044743
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226039961.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maurizio Bettini, author

Emlyn Eisenach, author