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Domesticating Artemis

SUSAN GUETTEL COLE

in Landscapes, Gender, and Ritual Space

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780520235441
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929326 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520235441.003.0008
Domesticating Artemis

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Artemis could be explained in her most savage form only as a foreign goddess, imported from a distant and alien realm. Euripides presents Artemis in her savage form to illustrate that she was a divinity who had to be appeased. She could protect the borders of the polis, but she demanded a steep price. The textiles dedicated by women on behalf of young daughters who had recovered from the traumas of menarche were measures of the women those daughters would become. The females who danced for Artemis at the borders of the polis danced for the entire community. The textiles displayed in the sanctuary reminded the city of acts of individual piety, but when the garments for Artemis were inventoried and listed on public documents, the meaning of the display became greater than the accumulation of detail about individual objects.

Keywords: Artemis; Euripides; polis; textiles; piety; garments

Chapter.  14200 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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