The Mother of the Gods and the Sovereignty of Midas

Mark Munn

in The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780520243491
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931589 | DOI:
The Mother of the Gods and the Sovereignty of Midas

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This chapter discusses the evidence testifying to the arrival of the Mother of the Gods at Athens, and to her establishment in the building in the agora that became known after her as the Metroon. The narratives that describe the installation of the Mother at Athens indicate that the acceptance of this specifically foreign god took place within the fifth century b.c.e. This chapter presents these narratives, and proceeds to investigate the foreign, and specifically Phrygian, associations of the cult devoted to the Mother of the Gods. It also discusses these topics: the land of Midas, the home of Kybele (the Mother of the Gods), the mother of Midas, sovereignty and the gods of Phyrgia, and the legacy of Midas.

Keywords: Phyriga; Midas; Kybele; maternal deities; sovereignty; Athens

Chapter.  20134 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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