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The Gardens of Adonis - Spices in Greek Mythology - Second Edition (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition) Loot Price: R777
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The Gardens of Adonis - Spices in Greek Mythology - Second Edition (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Marcel Detienne

The Gardens of Adonis - Spices in Greek Mythology - Second Edition (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)

Marcel Detienne; Translated by Janet Lloyd; Introduction by Jean-Pierre Vernant

Series: Bollingen Series (General)

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Rich with implications for the history of sexuality, gender issues, and patterns of hellenic literary imagining, Marcel Detienne's landmark book, first published in 1972, recast long-standing ideas about the fertility myth of Adonis. The author challenges Sir James Frazer's thesis that the vegetation god Adonis - whose premature death was mourned by women and whose resurrection marked a joyous occasion - represented the annual cycle of growth and decay in agriculture. Using the analytic tools of structuralism, Detienne shows instead that the festivals of Adonis depict a seductive but impotent and fruitless deity - whose physical ineptitude led to his death in a boar hunt, after which his body was found in a lettuce patch. Contrasting the festivals of Adonis with the solemn ones dedicated to Demeter, the goddess of grain, he reveals the former as a parody and negation of the institution of marriage. Detienne considers the short-lived gardens that Athenian women planted in mockery for Adonis's festival, and explores the function of such vegetal matter as spices, mint, myrrh, cereal, and wet plants in religious practice and in a wide selection of myths. His inquiry exposes, among many things, the way sin which women of various martial statuses were regarded and attitudes toward sexual activity ranging from "perverse" acts to marital relations.

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Imprint: Princeton University Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: Bollingen Series (General)
Release date: April 1994
First published: April 1994
Authors: Marcel Detienne
Translators: Janet Lloyd
Introduction by: Jean-Pierre Vernant
Dimensions: 218 x 142 x 16mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 199
Edition: 2nd Revised edition
ISBN-13: 978-0-691-00104-3
Categories: Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Myths & mythology
Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Non-Christian religions > Pre-Christian European & Mediterranean religions > General
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social institutions > Customs & folklore > Folklore
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Myths & mythology
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Non-Christian religions > Pre-Christian European & Mediterranean religions > General
LSN: 0-691-00104-9
Barcode: 9780691001043

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